Call for Proposals: Innovating for Sustainability

Anthea Rowe September 15, 2017
Do you want to influence management practice? Do you believe innovation is the key to a sustainable economy?

Project Period: Start date is on or after July 2013. Project timeline is one year, with the possibility of extension.

Funding: All research expenses covered.

Access: Research access to major corporations provided.

Deadline for Proposals: June 20, 2013

The Network for Business Sustainability (NBS) seeks a researcher to lead a project on “Innovating for Sustainability.” NBS is a non-profit organization that connects research and practice in order to advance sustainable business. This project aims to generate both research data, suitable for publication in top tier management publications, as well as data relevant to managers looking to innovate sustainable products, processes, services and business models.

Project Background

In September 2012, a group of leading Canadian companies (NBS’s Leadership Council) asked NBS: “What innovation activities do firms engage in to become sustainable?”

NBS commissioned Richard Adams of the University of Exeter to conduct a systematic review of prior research to address this question. The review revealed 38 specific ways companies innovate at each stage – such as “Back-casting,” “Unlearning Outdated Knowledge” or “Designing Green First.”

The next phase in the project will be to test the efficacy of the framework and supplement the prior work with additional practices from the field.

Project Goal

The project will be shaped by the researcher in consultation with NBS staff and a corporate advisory group. In general, we expect the outcomes will involve:
  1. identifying organizational processes and routines that contribute to innovation;
  2. identifying the outcomes of such processes;
  3. building a decision-making tool that can be used by managers.

Criteria for Selection

Funding and NBS Support

NBS will cover all research expenses (including some research assistance) and secure access to corporations. As well, NBS staff will offer administrative support and help in disseminating outcomes.

To Apply

Please submit: Deadline: June 20, 2013

Contact Information

Anthea Rowe Manager, Content Development Network for Business Sustainability arowe@nbs.net 519.661.2111 x88107

About the Network for Business Sustainability

A Canadian non-profit established in 2005, the Network for Business Sustainability (NBS) is a powerful and growing network of international academic experts and business leaders. NBS produces authoritative resources on important sustainability issues – with the goal of shaping management practice and research. We connect thousands of researchers and professionals worldwide who are interested in corporate social responsibility (CSR) and who believe in the value of research-based practice and practice-based research.

NBS Systematic Reviews Conducted to Date

Adaptation to Climate Change Engaging the Community Socially Conscious Consumerism Valuing Sustainability Organizational Culture Global Supply Chains Measuring and Valuing Environmental Impacts Developing Environmental Policy Decision-Making for Sustainability Innovating for Sustainability Business-Driven Social Change