Collaborative Business Models for Energy Efficient Solutions in the Region of Sønderjylland

  • Boyd, Britta (PI)

Project: Research

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This project addresses problems in the clean-tech and other industries in finding sustainable solutions or new business models. According to the Brundtland Commission (1987) sustainable development can be defined as a “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. The identified principles of sustainable development include economic development, social development and environmental protection. The discussion on sustainability started when scientists from MIT created a computer model to show that resources are used beyond the carrying capacity of the planet. The presented limits to growth show how necessary it is to return the human footprint on the environment to a manageable, sustainable size, while at the same time reducing the disparity between human well-being (Meadows et al. 1972, 2004).
According to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Denmark as a Nordic welfare state shows low levels of independent entrepreneurship but very high level of entrepreneurial work by employees (Schøtt, 2011; Amorós & Bosma, 2014). This indicates that entrepreneurship in organizations partly replaces independent entrepreneurship as alternative for pursuing independent entrepreneurial (Kelley, Singer, & Herrington, 2011). Single companies in the region show similar tendencies and trying to exploit the innovative capacity by supporting intrapreneurship, especially in the case of larger companies such as Danfoss. Collaborative business model could seek to find efficient solutions to handle intrapreneurship also for SMEs and therefore be a solution to this problem.

Layman's description

Effective start/end date01/03/201531/03/2016