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Publication date: 1 September 2006

Saartje Sondeijker, Jac Geurts, Jan Rotmans and Arnold Tukker

To address lessons that specify the impact and contribution of current scenario methods when focused on facilitating transition management processes.

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Purpose

To address lessons that specify the impact and contribution of current scenario methods when focused on facilitating transition management processes.

Design/methodology/approach

Comparative literature review based on transition management and scenario development.

Research limitations/implications

Need of further systemic thought about the required criteria of transition scenarios and the embedding of scenario use in transition management processes.

Practical implications

Processes of transition management are in need of transition specific scenarios.

Originality/value

Because transition management implies a complex and long‐term steering paradigm with which current scenario applications are not familiar, conclusions are drawn on the (changing) requirements of scenario development processes in transition management and on the need to innovate current scenario methods in the context of transition management.

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Foresight, vol. 8 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1463-6689

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Publication date: 1 February 2001

Jan Rotmans, René Kemp and Marjolein van Asselt

Transitions are transformation processes in which society changes in a fundamental way over a generation or more. Although the goals of a transition are ultimately chosen…

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Transitions are transformation processes in which society changes in a fundamental way over a generation or more. Although the goals of a transition are ultimately chosen by society, governments can play a role in bringing about structural change in a stepwise manner. Their management involves sensitivity to existing dynamics and regular adjustment of goals to overcome the conflict between long‐term ambition and short‐term concerns. This article uses the example of a transition to a low emission energy supply in the Netherlands to argue that transition management provides a basis for coherence and consistency in public policy and can be the spur to sustainable development.

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Foresight, vol. 3 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1463-6689

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Publication date: 4 January 2016

Tochukwu Ben C. Onyido, David Boyd and Niraj Thurairajah

The purpose of this paper is to establish opportunities for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to become environmental businesses. The “Environmental Business”…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to establish opportunities for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to become environmental businesses. The “Environmental Business” concept refers to a commercial organisation that provides goods and/or services which provide socio-environmental value and which are produced in such a way that the organisation addresses environmental and social problems.

Design/methodology/approach

Interviewing and observation were used to conduct a case study of how 30 SMEs prepared for the UK’s Green Deal programme in the West Midlands County, UK. In total, 20 interviews were conducted and 23 field notes were recorded. Based on the literature review, the research enquiry into practice, and the philosophical approach of pragmatism adopted by the research, a “Three Ps” (profit, process and product) analytical framework was established with which to operationalise the environmental business.

Findings

The research identifies tactical opportunities that assist SMEs to function as environmental businesses whilst maintaining the traditional focus on economic performance. It also shows the benefits and challenges involved.

Research limitations/implications

The research focused on a case study related to specific sectors (building and energy) within a specific UK region (West Midlands), which limits the generalisability of the results.

Practical implications

The research highlights practical opportunities for SMEs to address existing environmental and social problems through their products and processes and prevent new problems arising due to their operations.

Originality/value

This research represents an initial step in developing a pragmatic implementation model by which SMEs can overcome barriers to being environmental businesses whilst maximising business advantages.

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Construction Innovation, vol. 16 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1471-4175

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Publication date: 28 August 2020

Jan Klakurka and Bill Irwin

Over the past seven years within a small, liberal arts (LA) Canadian university, significant paradigm shifts in students’ programmatic choices have occurred reflecting…

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Purpose

Over the past seven years within a small, liberal arts (LA) Canadian university, significant paradigm shifts in students’ programmatic choices have occurred reflecting student preference for business-related programs versus traditional LA offerings. Grounded in strategic foresight (SF) practices, this paper aims to investigate drivers of declining traditional LA enrolment that are currently a boon for management studies, positing implications for long-term futures of the LA Academy.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper lays out foundational research exploring phenomena in the academy, including disruptive forces, and explores how SF can clarify and shape long-term choices. Seeking to answer what paradigm-shifting forces really mean for the future of the academy, a case study approach is used to interpret disruptions to a Canadian institution facing present challenges and an uncertain future. Scenarios are developed for the broader academy using an environmental understanding to better inform predictive actions envisioned in academic institutional future planning.

Findings

The outcome of this research, including four scenarios, will be used to better understand student and stakeholder motivations informing future academic planning. As institutional paradigms appear resistant to change, these foresight-inspired findings are valuable considerations for institutional administrators, particularly those at stressed organizations facing unsettling realities.

Originality/value

The case study identifies that for the LA Academy, myriad future unknowns exist, including its continued existence in today’s form. Institutions are generally unresponsive to the precursors of future change and are not systematically exploring future options.

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foresight, vol. 22 no. 5/6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1463-6689

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Book part
Publication date: 8 October 2018

Tamanna M. Shah

This chapter examines the bamboo-based livelihoods of the tribal artisans of Tripura and studies entrepreneurship, through the perspective of innovative small and medium…

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This chapter examines the bamboo-based livelihoods of the tribal artisans of Tripura and studies entrepreneurship, through the perspective of innovative small and medium enterprises, as a way to achieve sustainable development. Under a cluster-based approach of the Tripura Bamboo Mission, this chapter intends to understand how tribal entrepreneur’s belief in sustainability motivates them to develop and enhance livelihood opportunities. It is in addressing this basic question of an entrepreneur’s ‘drive’ in achieving sustainable livelihood that the development goals are met.

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Entrepreneurship and the Sustainable Development Goals
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-78756-375-9

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Publication date: 1 April 1994

Eric Sandelands

This special “Anbar Abstracts” issue of the International Journal of Public Sector Management is split into six sections covering abstracts under the following headings…

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This special “Anbar Abstracts” issue of the International Journal of Public Sector Management is split into six sections covering abstracts under the following headings: Culture, Strategy and Organizational Structure; Leadership, Management Styles and Decision Making; Personnel and HR Management; Training and Development; Information Technology; Marketing and Customer Service Strategy.

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International Journal of Public Sector Management, vol. 7 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0951-3558

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Publication date: 1 March 1994

Eric Sandelands

This special “Anbar Abstracts” issue of the Journal of Management in Medicine is split into six sections covering abstracts under the following headings: General…

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This special “Anbar Abstracts” issue of the Journal of Management in Medicine is split into six sections covering abstracts under the following headings: General Management; Personnel and Training; Quality in Health Care; Health Care Marketing; Financial Management; Information Technology.

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Journal of Management in Medicine, vol. 8 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0268-9235

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Publication date: 1 May 1993

The use of competitor analysis is a rapidly growing area of business activity, especially among major corporations, across the world. The old military stratagem “know your…

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The use of competitor analysis is a rapidly growing area of business activity, especially among major corporations, across the world. The old military stratagem “know your enemy; through knowing your enemy you can beat him/her”, has found new life in the contemporary business environment. Surveys carried out in Europe and the USA in 1989 found that two‐thirds of competitor analysis departments were less than three years old. Competitor analysis is becoming increasingly seen as a key component in strategy formulation, in particular, in forming marketing strategy.

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Marketing Intelligence & Planning, vol. 11 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0263-4503

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Article
Publication date: 2 September 2014

Leen Gorissen, Saskia Manshoven and Karl Vrancken

This paper aims to focus on the interface between a society in transition and the role, practices and culture of businesses herein, a topic that has scarcely been…

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Purpose

This paper aims to focus on the interface between a society in transition and the role, practices and culture of businesses herein, a topic that has scarcely been researched so far. Grand challenges such as energy scarcity and resource depletion will have substantial impacts on the functioning of contemporary business models. Companies, however, still largely focus on efficiency strategies leading to sub-optimal solutions rather than radically changing their business model.

Design/methodology/approach

It describes a project that has been run for a social enterprise in which a transition management approach was used to discover their new future role and explore new business concepts that function within the boundaries of significantly different material management principles.

Findings

The authors discuss how this case study can contribute to the limited developed empirical research on how businesses can be more proactive in changing the way societal systems operate, and whether the approach can be relevant for transfer to the wider business community.

Practical implications

It offers a practical approach for businesses to innovate their business model while taking into regard sustainability issues.

Originality/value

The paper combines the transition management framework with business model innovation.

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Journal of Global Responsibility, vol. 5 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 2041-2568

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Book part
Publication date: 19 June 2019

Michael Schandorf

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Communication as Gesture
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-78756-515-9

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