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

Bocken, N. M.P. LU ; Farracho, M.; Bosworth, R. and Kemp, R. (2014) In Journal of Engineering and Technology Management - JET-M 31(1). p.43-57
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.

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Eco-design, Eco-innovation, Fuzzy front-end, New product development, Sustainability
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Journal of Engineering and Technology Management - JET-M
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31
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1
pages
15 pages
publisher
Elsevier
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  • scopus:84889076573
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0923-4748
DOI
10.1016/j.jengtecman.2013.10.004
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English
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  author       = {Bocken, N. M.P. and Farracho, M. and Bosworth, R. and Kemp, R.},
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  language     = {eng},
  month        = {01},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {43--57},
  publisher    = {Elsevier},
  series       = {Journal of Engineering and Technology Management - JET-M},
  title        = {The front-end of eco-innovation for eco-innovative small and medium sized companies},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jengtecman.2013.10.004},
  volume       = {31},
  year         = {2014},
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