"Innovating our Common Future" is the motto of the upcoming 2020 ISPIM Innovation Conference in Berlin. Together with our colleagues from Borderstep we are hosting this event and contributed Values-Based and Sustainability-Oriented Innovation Management the focal topic. Changing customer and stakeholder values and normative frameworks such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the United Nations create new challenges and opportunities for innovation. We call for demonstrations of innovation approaches and solutions for key societal challenges on local, regional and global levels and how these can create our common innovation future.     Here please find the Call for Submissions.

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As partner of IZT we are part of the European Horizon 2020 project 5G-Victori, providing ubiquitous super-fast, reliable connectivity and seamless service delivery. The project focussed on large scale trials of next generation of communication networks and services for advanced use cases in Transportation, Energy, Media, and Factories of the Future. We contribute sustainable business models and the values-based innovation approach to generate alternative business models for each vertical use case. Each should be aligned with the SDGs, ist impact should be measurable following the DECD (2018) standard to link SDGs and targets to impact models and indicators. For more information check the project website. There you will also learn what victori stands for: VertIcaldemos over Common large scale field Trials fOrRail, energy and media Industries.

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We opened up the International Conference on New Business Models with an introductory note (here the video) and a dive-in to a key topic of present-day’s innovation and entrepreneurship discourse: How can we develop viable businesses based on what we really care about?   We respond to this hot issue by presenting the values-based approach to innovation management. Understood as notions of the desirable, values provide a powerful lever for the companies that aspire to do well while doing good. Values can spur innovation in numerous ways, in order to set ambitious visions or to establish a common ground for partnerships, or to understand customer concerns in ways that are more fundamental.   Moreover, as we are moving from a single bottom line to a triple bottom line (of planet, people and profit) to measure business performance, and on to 17 Sustainable Development Goals to strive for, we need to recur to our values in order to interpret and to prioritize these global goals into unique business goals.   In a fishbowl discussion, two industry leaders will share their experiences with, challenges from, and measures to address values in innovation management and sustainable innovation:

  • Roman Meier-Andrae, Divisional Head of Corporate IT & Digitalisation, Member of the Executive Board at TÜV Nord Mobility, an organisation dedicated to making the world safer.
  • Philipp Baumann, Head of Product at Ecosia, the search engine that plants trees, and which is managed based on six core values.
  Following their input, participants from the audience will also join the discussion on „how to drive sustainability-oriented innovation based on shared values”.

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At the ESCP in Berlin, Henning faciliated a mini-project in the master program "Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Innovation". The purpose of the course is to provide a first-hand experience in modelling new business catering to values of sustainability. Students obtain an overview of sustainability-oriented and values-based business modelling tools, and create their own business models for their Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Innovation Projects (SEIPs). They learn about different revenue models and sustainable business model patterns, and elaborate upon the dynamics between different business model design elements, such as values, value propositions and stakeholder segments. At the end, they critically reflect upon the impact of the tools they used for designing new business.

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"Developing Sustainable Business Models: Values-Based Business Model Innovation" is the title of the compact training course that we are offering again this year at the Center for Sustainable Business Development (CSM). Participants will learn to apply the guiding principle of sustainable development and values-based innovation to the review and development of new business models.

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A chapter in the book "Rethinking Strategic Management - Sustainable Strategizing for Positive Impact" by Henning Breuer and Florian Lüdeke-Freund points out new directions for strategic stakeholder management. This is the abstract: "Stakeholders have acquired an active and even pivotal role in strategic management decisions and collaboration formats due to ongoing substantial changes in the corporate world, impacting established management frameworks, concepts and methods. This chapter discusses some of these fundamental changes and demonstrates the impact of (missing) stakeholder engagement for the success of a strategy process. Based on the difference between interests and values a values-based reframing of the stakeholder concept and corresponding management methods is suggested and illustrated with exemplary cases. To support a values-based approach to stakeholder management, new conceptual distinctions and methodical implications are presented. Three forms of stakeholder management are proposed (defensive, integrative, overarching). Furthermore, this chapter shows how to clarify and develop stakeholder values (e.g. by means of ongoing values conversations) and exemplifies how to reframe and adapt methods of stakeholder analysis and management (e.g. as an element of values-based business modelling). A values-based approach to strategic stakeholder management ensures that the course of strategic decisions is not only determined by short-lived attitudes, interests and the best deal negotiators may get, but that it is driven by long-term objectives of diverse participants."

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