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Business Transitions: A Path to Sustainability

The CapSEM Model

  • This book is open access, which means that you have free and unlimited access

  • Practical case studies demonstrate how businesses can apply the model at different rates of progress

  • Holistic framework explained, with links and connections critically analysed, beyond simple model descriptions

  • Diagrams and tables are used thoughtfully throughout to visually support and explain the material

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Table of contents (24 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxxii
  2. Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Business Challenges in the Transition to Sustainability

      • Annik Magerholm Fet, Martina Keitsch
      Pages 3-11Open Access
    3. The CapSEM Model

      • Annik Magerholm Fet, Haley Knudson
      Pages 13-28Open Access
    4. Sustainable Development Goals and the CapSEM Model

      • Annik Magerholm Fet, Haley Knudson, Martina Keitsch
      Pages 29-34Open Access
  3. The Toolbox: Methodologies and Theories

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 35-35
    2. Input-Output Analysis and Cleaner Production

      • Annik Magerholm Fet, Cecilia Haskins, Magnus Sparrevik
      Pages 37-43Open Access
    3. Looking Beyond the Factory Gates: Life Cycle Assessment, Supply Chain Management and Design for Environment

      • Annik Magerholm Fet, Luitzen de Boer, Martina Keitsch
      Pages 45-56Open Access
    4. Environmental Management Systems

      • Annik Magerholm Fet, Ottar Michelsen
      Pages 67-75Open Access
    5. Reporting Schemes

      • Annik Magerholm Fet, Magnus Sparrevik
      Pages 89-100Open Access
    6. Business Models for Sustainability

      • Haley Knudson
      Pages 101-112Open Access
    7. Closing the Loop: Industrial Ecology, Circular Economy and Material Flow Analysis

      • Annik Magerholm Fet, Paritosh C. Deshpande
      Pages 113-125Open Access
    8. Systems Engineering

      • Annik Magerholm Fet, Cecilia Haskins
      Pages 127-136Open Access
  4. From Theory to Practice: Case Studies

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 137-137
    2. Introduction to the Case Studies

      • Annik Magerholm Fet
      Pages 139-143Open Access
    3. From Waste to Value: A Story About Life Cycle Management in the Furniture Industry

      • Ottar Michelsen, Christofer Skaar, Annik Magerholm Fet
      Pages 145-154Open Access
    4. The Role of Public Sector Buyers: Influencing Systemic Change in the Construction Sector

      • Shannon Truloff, Luitzen de Boer, Xinlu Qiu, Annik Magerholm Fet
      Pages 155-165Open Access
    5. CapSEM Applied to the Construction Sector

      • Magnus Sparrevik, Luitzen de Boer, Ottar Michelsen, Christofer Skaar
      Pages 167-174Open Access

About this book

This open access book represents a journey documenting the development of tools and methodologies over 3 decades and asks where the future lies. It further develops seminal work carried out under the auspices of the Capacity building in Sustainability and Environmental Management (CapSEM) project co-funded by the EU Erasmus programme from 2016-2019 as well as research projects such as IGLO-MP2020, SUSPRO, and SISVI. It gathers existing paradigms of environmental management within the relevant frameworks which have driven the way in which this discipline has developed. It seeks to both challenge and support the way in which business sectors have approached this previously, with a more holistic and overarching model being provided, moving through four very distinct levels.  It therefore provides not only a different approach, but a different way of thinking. Systems thinking is characterized by four levels: Process, Product Value Chain, Organisational and Systemic which combines Material Flow Analysis (MFA), Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Industrial Ecology (IE) principles. In its practical application, Corporate Social Responsibility, for example, thus becomes an integral part of a much wider business strategy and impacts on all business activity, not added value for its own sake, but a valuable component in a wider toolbox as a fundamental part of any business strategy and plan, changing, flexing and developing over the years.

The book is divided into 4 parts: moving from context and background, to the theoretical model or toolbox, onto its practical application in case studies and culminates in looking at the future and potential developments. It represents the multi-disciplined collaboration at NTNU and beyond, exemplifying its use in a wealth of business sectors and a range of stakeholders from construction to textiles to wind power as outlined in the European Circular Action Plan.


Keywords

  • Cleaner production
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Environment
  • Industrial ecology
  • Life cycle
  • Open Access
  • Sustainable development
  • Humanities and social sciences

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of International Business, NTNU, #x00C5;lesund, Norway

    Annik Magerholm Fet

About the editor

Dr. Annik Magerholm Fet is the Vice Rector of NTNU in Ålesund. She has been a Professor of Environmental Management, Systems Engineering and Lifecycle Analysis at the Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management at NTNU since 1999, and now holds a similar affiliation in the Department of International Business. From 2014–2016 she was the Director and Academic Head of NTNU's strategic research area on Sustainability.

 

Professor Fet leads several national and international research projects in global production, environmental management, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and business models for sustainability. Through the Network for Green Growth, funded by the Research Council of Norway (RCN), and the Business Hub for Sustainability (BH4S) she supports the research group for Green innovation and Business models and looks at opportunities to stimulate cross-disciplinary research activities at NTNU in Ålesund. In addition to several RCN projects, she is the project leader of the Erasmus+ project CapSEM with academic partners in Europe, Africa and Asia.


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