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The front-end of eco-innovation for eco-innovative small and medium sized companies

Bocken, NMP and Farracho, M and Bosworth, R and Kemp, R (2014) The front-end of eco-innovation for eco-innovative small and medium sized companies. Journal of Engineering and Technology Management - JET-M, 31. pp. 43-57. ISSN 0923-4748

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Abstract

This paper studies the Front End of Eco-Innovation (FEEI), the initial phase of the eco-innovation process. Incorporating environmental concerns at the front-end of innovation is important, as product parameters are still flexible. This paper investigates the FEEI for 42 small and medium sized eco-innovators in the Netherlands by using a survey. The results show that SMEs embrace informal, systematic, and open innovation approaches at the FEEI. Teams appear to be multidisciplinary, and creativity and environmental knowledge are essential. Experimentation played a significant role at the FEEI. The paper concludes with recommendations for future research and implications for managers. © 2013 Elsevier B.V.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Divisions: Div E > Manufacturing Systems
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 18:58
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2017 01:37
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