Leonie Schlüter

Leonie Schlüter
Aalborg University · School of Business and Economics

M.Sc. Innovation, Knowledge, and Entrepreneurial Dynamics
Ph.D. Fellow at AAU Business School | collaboration for SBM innovation | eco-industrial parks | industrial symbiosis

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Introduction
I am a Ph.D. student at Aalborg University Business School, where I in close collaboration with the Port of Aalborg investigate ecosystems' role for business model co-innovation for sustainability.
Additional affiliations
August 2018 - June 2020
Aalborg University
Position
  • Research Assistant
Description
  • Within the EU-supported project ‘Sustainable Synergies’ (https://www.baeredygtigesynergier.dk) I worked on the facilitation and development of green business models and industrial symbiosis for companies in Aalborg East.
August 2017 - December 2017
Metabolic
Position
  • Research Intern
Description
  • During my time at Metabolic, I could gain experience with tools such as EIA and MFA, systems thinking and LCA. Moreover, I worked with topics such as carbon capture and utilization, circular construction, and a sustainable agriculture and food system.
Education
September 2016 - June 2018
Aalborg University
Field of study
  • Economics and Business Administration

Publications

Publications (7)
Article
Industrial symbiosis, the exchange of excess resources between traditionally separate industries, has received increasing attention in recent years as a means of realizing a circular economy. Research has focused on determining how industrial symbioses come about and develop. Characteristics and dynamics of their emergence as well as their developm...
Article
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As a collective approach for achieving economic, environmental, and social effects, industrial symbiosis is considered an important tool to realize a circular economy. In both literature and practice, the need for a third party facilitating the development of these resource exchanges between companies has been highlighted. This paper explores the a...
Conference Paper
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Industrial symbiosis, as a collective approach for using excess resources, is considered a means to realizing a circular economy. Industrial symbiosis can be seen as a way of improving the environmental sustainability of individual companies’ business models, as well as a way of creating collaborative business models that are widely considered an a...
Preprint
Industrial symbiosis, as a collective approach for using excess resources, is considered a means to realizing a circular economy. Industrial symbiosis can be seen as a way of improving the environmental sustainability of individual companies’ business models, as well as a way of creating collaborative business models that are widely considered an a...
Technical Report
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Working with more than 25 companies, we jointly developed 42 green business models for industrial symbiosis, which together will lead to significant decrease in greenhouse gas emissions, energy consumption, and material use.
Technical Report
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This brochure focuses on the development and environmental assessment of sustainable business models for Industrial Symbiosis. An industrial symbiosis business model describes how a business creates value by exchanging surplus resources such as residual products and energy with one or more other companies. The GAIA model is a tool for working with...
Thesis
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Our economic system needs to undergo an unprecedented rate of change to stop environmental degradation and to assure sustainable access to natural resources in the future. This means moving away from our current linear economy and its ‘take-make-dispose’ mantra and building an economy that is circular and waste-free by design. The concept of ’Indus...

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Projects (2)
Project
This Ph.D. project determines how port authorities as integrators can design a business ecosystem, which increases the business community’s ability to co-create environmental value through sustainable business model innovation. The main objective is to develop a framework that can be replicated by port authorities aspiring to foster collaborative innovation of industry in an beyond their perimeter. At the same time, it develops an initial theory of facilitators of sustainable business model innovation. WP 1 - Skills & tools of SBM facilitators: I outline perceptions of skills relevant to the facilitation of industrial symbiosis as a type of collaborative business model innovation for sustainability. Furthermore, I developed an overview in how far existing tools are currently fit to support the collaborative aspect of SBM innovation. WP 2 - Longitudinal, multiple case study: I am doing action research together with the Port of Aalborg, where I am supporting and following processes of SMEs co-innovating their business models together with the Port of Aalborg as a facilitator. I investigate the different stakeholders' perspectives, and drivers and challenges in the process. WP 3 - Suggestions for ecosystem design: Identifying both challenges and best-practice methods of port authorities’ ecosystem design for SBM innovation. The expected result is a framework that describes guidelines on ecosystem design.
Archived project
The project ‘Sustainable Synergies’ supported the facilitation and development of new green business models for companies in Aalborg East, through investigating opportunities for making better use of the area's resources. This includes research into the formation of industrial symbioses and the higher energy and resource efficiency and thus competitive advantages associated with the concept.