Martin Geissdoerfer

Martin Geissdoerfer
University of Cambridge | Cam · Cambridge Judge Business School

PhD

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March 2018 - present
University of California, Berkeley
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  • Visiting Scholar
January 2016 - January 2019
University of Cambridge
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  • PhD Student
February 2015 - January 2019
Delft University of Technology
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  • PhD Student

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Publications (28)
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Organisations increasingly understand that meeting their sustainability ambitions does not only require new technologies, but innovation on the business model level. To facilitate the design of more sustainable business models, a range of new tools and techniques have been developed. While this resulted in the design of a wide range of promising bu...
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While the terms Circular Economy and sustainability are increasingly gaining traction with academia, industry, and policymakers, the similarities and differences between both concepts remain ambiguous. The relationship between the concepts is not made explicit in literature, which is blurring their conceptual contours and constrains the efficacy of...
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The capability to rapidly and successfully move into new business models is an important source of sustainable competitive advantage and a key leverage to improve the sustainability performance of organisations. However, research suggests that many business model innovations fail. Despite the importance of the topic, the reasons for failure are rel...
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The Circular Economy is gaining traction in academia, industry, and policy making as an alternative model that minimises resource depletion, waste, and emissions. To implement the concept on the organisational level, business models are an important leverage. A body of literature has emerged investigating the notion of circular business model and c...
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Business model innovation is increasingly seen as a key competitive factor in B2B settings. In this context, prototyping, experimentation, and piloting have gained prominence as agile and resourceful methods that can be employed in business model innovation pursuits. Yet, despite increasing interest in this area, and the growing number of large B2B...
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New circular business models can evolve at all stages of the life cycle of a product. Digitalisation can drive disruptive innovations, new business models and novel ways of collaboration and thus can accelerate the economic transition to more resource-efficient and circular production systems. Yet, there is little empirical research on the enabling...
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The circular economy aims to decouple economic growth from resource input, waste, and emission output. For circular economy's dissemination, the lack of consumer acceptance for circular business models and the lack of process frameworks for the circular business model innovation that involve the consumer have been identified as critical barriers. D...
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The circular economy aims to decouple economic growth from resource input and waste and emission output. For the dissemination of this economic model, the lack of consumer acceptance for circular business models has been identified as a critical barrier. Despite its importance, this issue remains underexplored in academic research. To address this...
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The circular economy aims to decouple growth from resource input. While significant scholarly attention has been put on technical solutions behind circular business models, the lack of consumer acceptance for these offers was recognised as a significant barrier in the transition towards the circular economy. Still, this topic remains underexplored....
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The circular economy aims to minimize resource inputs and waste and emission outputs of the economy and its organizational subsystems. This can benefit both financial and sustainability performance of companies. To analyze industrial implementation of the concept, the prevalent unit of analysis on the firm level is currently the circular business m...
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To improve industrial sustainability performance in manufacturing, energy management and optimisation are key levers. This is particularly true for aluminium extrusions manufacturing —an energy-intensive production system with considerable environmental impacts. Many energy management and optimisation approaches have been studied to relieve such ne...
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An increasing number of financial investors base their investment decisions on sustainability considerations. At the same time, there is growing evidence that socially responsible investment acts as an essential lever to improve both the economic system’s long term viability and the performance and risk profiles of investment portfolios. We map the...
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The capability to rapidly and successfully move into new business models is an important source of sustainable competitive advantage and a key leverage to improve the sustainability performance of organisations. However, research suggests that many business model innovations fail. Despite the importance of the topic, the reasons for failure are rel...
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More and more industrial activities are performed outside of Europe. INSPIRE is a project, that is driven by the European process industry in order to facilitate the relocalization of process industry value chain activities to Europe. Within the pro-ject four business model archetypes (BMA) that facilitate this relocalization were identified: decen...
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A large proportion of sustainability issues are linked to our food systems. There are a range of innovators who are addressing these issues and promote more sustainable solutions. One innovator in particular, Alice Waters, has been at the forefront of this development for almost 50 years and has developed an open innovation ecosystem approach for f...
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This viewpoint reflects on how to improve the process of introducing facilitated industrial symbiosis programmes (FISPs) to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in developing countries. Although FISPs are a long-established industrial practice, their formal introduction to SMEs in developing countries has only recently begun, mostly through support...
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This paper synthesises and discusses the theoretical foundations of sociotechnical systems change for sustainability by conducting a systematic literature review of 182 scientific articles. The articles were sampled and analysed through a combination of bibliometric analysis, snowballing, content analysis and problematization. After grouping the li...
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The capability to rapidly and successfully develop new business models is an important source of sustainable competitive advantage and a key leverage to improve the sustainability performance of organisations. In this poster, we provide an overview of the nascent field of sustainable business model innovation, based on a compilation from our papers...
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The Circular Economy is increasingly seen as a possible solution to address sustainable development. An economic system that minimises resource input into and waste, emission, and energy leakage out of the system is hoped to mitigate negative impacts without jeopardising growth and prosperity. This paper discusses the sustainability performance of...
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Business model innovation is increasingly recognised to be a central part of strategic management that generates the decisive competitive advantages for a growing number of organisations. This is particularly relevant in the areas of corporate sustainability strategy and sustainable entrepreneurship, since technological innovations in isolation yie...
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There is a growing recognition in industry and research that in order to realise their sustainability ambitions and leverage new enabling technologies, organisations have to innovate not only products or services but the entire business model. This is also the case within the emerging context of re-distributed manufacturing (RdM), where there is an...
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Organisations increasingly understand that meeting their sustainability ambitions does not only require new technologies, but innovation on the business model level. To facilitate the design of more sustainable business models, a range of new tools and techniques have been developed. While this resulted in the design of a wide range of promising bu...
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The theme of Redistributed Manufacturing (RdM) has gained in interest over recent years. While much research has taken place into the effects of RdM on current manufacturing models very few people have proposed new business models for this concept. The RdM studio is a new approach to business model development that will allow future users to dynami...
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Sustainable business model innovation is an emerging topic, but only few tools are currently available to assist companies in sustainable business modelling. This paper works towards closing this gap by bringing together ‘design thinking’ and ‘sustainable business model innovation’ to refine the creative process of developing sustainable value prop...
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The Circular Economy is increasingly seen as a complete or partial solution to address sustainable development. An economic system that minimises resource input into and waste, emission, and energy leakage out of the system, is hoped to mitigate negative impacts without jeopardising growth and prosperity. This paper discusses the sustainability per...
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Purpose: This paper includes Design Thinking in the sustainable business modelling process to improve the creative process of embedding sustainability into the value proposition. A new workshop process has been developed and tested. Design/methodology/approach: On the basis of literature reviews and expert interviews as well as an existing value ma...

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We wrote an article about whether going circular is really more sustainable. We found that there are eight different relationship types in literature, from enthusiastically positive to rather critical.
What do you think? What evidence is there that is supporting these relationships?

Projects

Projects (4)
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The Sustainability Cohort is a group of researchers and practitioners working on industrial sustainability from a variety of angles, including design, engineering and manufacturing. The Cohort's aim is to encourage peer-to-peer learning and sharing support mechanisms among doctoral researchers in their PhD journey as well as practitioners and senior academics. The objectives of the cohort are: (1) to bring together a group of researchers and practitioners with interests in sustainability and industry (design, engineering, manufacturing, factories) to seed an environment in which a community (and communities) can emerge and (2) to enable researchers to share knowledge and ideas in the spirit of knowledge enhancement and personal development rather than to solve any particular problem. http://www.ifm.eng.cam.ac.uk/research/industrial-sustainability/sustainability-cohort/
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A series of workshops dedicated to issues at the diverse intersections of sustainability and business model research. The workshop series is hosted by the University of Hamburg and organized by Florian Lüdeke-Freund. If you are interested in participating or organizing your own Hamburg Workshop, contact florian.luedeke-freund@wiso.uni-hamburg.de.