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Research and Competence Training Network for Sustainability-Driven Innovation

Objective

The EC is committed to a research and innovation policy that drives ‘smart, sustainable and inclusive growth’. The I4S training network is designed to study sustainability-driven innovation (SDI) in support of this objective. This is much needed as SDI is poorly understood, with companies only now experimenting with practice in this emerging field. This provides opportunity for a new program of research. Preliminary research and prospective studies suggest that SDI involves management competences and organisational capabilities rarely found in traditional business-led technology-driven innovation. SDI often begins with managerial innovation rather than technological innovation. It draws on new platforms of actors or a blend of social and business innovation. Models drawn from nature can be used as inspiration for innovation. It can lead to new business models that create and capture value, providing for performance in economic, environmental and social terms. The goal of the ITN is to research how companies manage the process of SDI. The aim is to provide research training for 9 early-stage researchers and 2 experienced researchers who will be equipped to share their knowledge as academic researchers and teachers. The ITN uses a binary approach to research training, based on collaboration between companies and academic partners so that new knowledge is academically rigorous and of practical relevance. Management practice will be studied by researchers embedded with associated partners engaged in innovation. This approach is essential if the researchers are to ground their research in this new, often experimental area of practice. The ITN is designed to develop generic knowledge about the barriers and obstacles to innovation across sectors. Associated partners will be encouraged to share knowledge, experiences and good practice. The programme is designed in line with the EC’s latest thinking on university-business partnerships and the valorisation of new knowledge.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/business model
  • /social sciences/economics and business
  • /social sciences/educational sciences/pedagogy/teaching

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2012-ITN
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Funding Scheme

MC-ITN - Networks for Initial Training (ITN)

Coordinator

ABIS - THE ACADEMY OF BUSINESS IN SOCIETY
Address
Avenue Moliere 128
1050 Bruxelles
Belgium
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 452 917,12
Administrative Contact
Simon Pickard (Mr.)

Participants (8)

COPENHAGEN BUSINESS SCHOOL
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 318 754,26
Address
Solbjerg Plads 3
2000 Frederiksberg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Lise Damsgaard Joergensen (Ms.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 319 271,04
Address
The Queen's Drive Northcote House
EX4 4QJ Exeter
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Enda Clarke (Dr.)
LEUPHANA UNIVERSITAT LUNEBURG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 248 798,88
Address
Scharnhorststrasse 1
21335 Luneburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Anke Zerm (Ms.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 319 271,04
Address
Oxford Road
M13 9PL Manchester
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Liz Fay (Ms.)
UNIVERSITEIT NYENRODE BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 265 333,86
Address
Straatweg 25
3621 BG Breukelen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Annemieke Roobeek (Prof.)
ERASMUS UNIVERSITEIT ROTTERDAM
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 265 333,86
Address
Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3062 PA Rotterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gail Whiteman (Prof.)
VLERICK BUSINESS SCHOOL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 258 060
Address
Reep 1
9000 Gent
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nigel Roome (Mr.)
UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN
South Africa
EU contribution
€ 165 488,40
Address
Private Bag X3
7701 Rondebosch
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ralph Hamann (Dr.)