Sustainability-Oriented Innovation in SMEs: A Systematic Literature Review of Existing Practices and Actors Involved

ISPIM Conference (International Society for Professional Innovation Management), Sustainability in Innovation: Innovation Management Challenges, June 2011

Posted: 21 Jun 2011 Last revised: 19 Jan 2018

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Johanna Klewitz

Leuphana University of Lueneburg - Dept. of Sustainability Sciences

Erik G. Hansen

Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz

Date Written: June 1, 2011

Abstract

One increasingly important driver for innovation is sustainability, a concept which aims to integrate ecological and social dimensions into conventional management. Whereas prior research on sustainability-oriented innovation (SOI) has often dealt with innovation processes in large companies, the last decade has also generated broad knowledge on SOI in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The paper aggregates this scattered knowledge through a systematic literature review. Through consulting research databases we have identified and analyzed 82 key journal articles. The subsequent thematic analysis focuses on SOI practices with regard to product and process innovations, on the one hand. On the other, we highlight the role of different parties that may facilitate or are involved in innovation processes in the context of SOI in SMEs.

Keywords: Sustainability-oriented innovation (SOI), Product innovation, Process innovation, Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), Entrepreneurship, Collaboration, Literature review

JEL Classification: M13, M14, Q31, Q32, Q33

Suggested Citation

Klewitz, Johanna and Hansen, Erik G., Sustainability-Oriented Innovation in SMEs: A Systematic Literature Review of Existing Practices and Actors Involved (June 1, 2011). ISPIM Conference (International Society for Professional Innovation Management), Sustainability in Innovation: Innovation Management Challenges, June 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1858664

Johanna Klewitz (Contact Author)

Leuphana University of Lueneburg - Dept. of Sustainability Sciences ( email )

Scharnhorststrasse 1
Lüneburg, 21314
Germany

Erik G. Hansen

Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz ( email )

Linz
Austria

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