Managing Green Business Model Transformations

  • Axel Sommer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-24
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Theoretical Foundation of Green Business Model Transformations

  4. Towards a Practical Management Approach

  5. Conclusion and Outlook

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 347-347
    2. Axel Sommer
      Pages 349-351
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 0--1

About this book


Environmental sustainability creates both tremendous business opportunities and formidable threats to established companies across virtually all industry sectors. Yet many companies tackle the issue in a superficial or passive way through increased environmental reporting, the use of “greenspeak” in their corporate communication activities or isolated efforts to create green products or reduce pollution. In contrast, there are a small but increasing number of firms that employ a holistic approach to sustainability and consider fundamental changes to their existing business models.

By ignoring the opportunities of Green Business Model Transformations, companies exclude themselves from a large variety of potential means to create economic value. In addition to ordinary product and process innovations, they can change “the rules of the game” within an industry towards environmental sustainability. This can facilitate

  • the commercialisation of new green products that would not be competitive otherwise
  • targeting new customer segments with previously unmet needs
  • improved economics of value creation by developing a green architecture of the firm and its business network

Green Business Model Transformations, however, are challenging ventures in many respects: Firstly, it is difficult to develop and accurately assess the prospects of new, green business models due to uncertainties and inherent complex systemic characteristics. It can therefore be very challenging for individual managers of established companies to question the status quo and seize new, green opportunities. The implementation of Green Business Model Transformations therefore requires strong change capabilities: The stakes are high, many otherwise disconnected parts of the organisation are involved, and the subject matter is complex in nature.
As a result, there is a great need for guidance in management practice that current research does not address. This publication aims to fill this gap with a general approach to Managing Green Business Model Transformations by defining a process to evaluate green business models and providing a methodology for their realisation.


Business Model Transformation Corporate Sustainability Developing Sustainable Business Models Strategic Management

Authors and affiliations

  • Axel Sommer
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Sustainability, Management (CSM)Leuphana University LüneburgLüneburgGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-28847-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-28848-7
  • Series Print ISSN 2194-0541
  • Series Online ISSN 2194-055X
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