Is this system eco-innovative? A case-based workshop

Abstract : Eco-innovation is a challenging topic for companies that are expected to promote the design of products and services for a sustainable society. Early phases of eco-innovation processes and more specifically eco-ideation (the generation phase of promising ideas) still needs efficient supportive methods. This paper empirically challenges a previous proposition of 8 eco-ideation stimulation mechanisms (ESMs) thanks to case-based reasoning. An explorative workshop on the examination of 16 supposed eco-innovative cases was conducted with four groups of 30 environmental experts. One objective of this workshop for participants was to define, individually and collectively, a way to label eco-innovation cases. This paper presents (1) the selection and characterization of top and flop cases in groups (2) an inductive characterization of eco-innovation regarding cases (3). This arises new perspectives for eco-innovation practice, for instance the consideration of rebound and mass effects.
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Flore Vallet, Benjamin Tyl, Olivier Pialot, Dominique Millet. Is this system eco-innovative? A case-based workshop. 21th International Conference on Engineering Design ICED17, Aug 2017, Vancouver, Canada. ⟨hal-01527681⟩



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