Embedding sustainability into business models

Please note that grant applications for EIT RIS participants have closed on 28 October. You may still register as a paying participant.

A 50% discount on the regular fee of 800EUR are available for the following groups: employees of public bodies, employees of Climate-KIC partners (both core and affiliate partner), employees of NGOs, Climate-KIC Alumni and participants of the Climate-KIC Certified Professional test phase in 2015.

Date: 21-22 November 2016 (presence module), 9 November and 11 November (online module)

The course aims to unpack the links between sustainability, business value creation, and innovation and, at the same time, to suggest ways to address societal challenges as the depletion of natural resources and negative social externalities. The course concept develops an innovative approach to sustainable business modelling by combining systemic approaches and practical implementation and performance measurement at company level.

Main learning objectives

  • Understanding what sustainability-oriented business models are and why they are important;
  • Providing key approaches and frameworks for designing new business models or reconfiguring existing ones;
  • Implementing sustainability-oriented business models and translate them into tangible outcomes;
  • Creating a monitoring framework to assess progress related to the implementation of the new or reconfigured business model

Who can join

  • Professionals working in medium/large organizations that are reconfiguring their existing business model towards a more sustainable one;
  • Young entrepreneurs that are developing their organizations by embedding sustainability into their value proposition.

Course benefits

Participants will improve knowledge on methods and tools that can be used within their own organizations, or supporting other partners/organizations in the development of innovation projects and new business ideas, helping in design and re-design the business approach of different type of organizations. The participants will share ideas and examples on real life cases they can discuss and review during the course and they will have the opportunity to collect and reflect on other valuable cases presented by the course experts and testimonials from relevant companies.

The 2-day in presence course is preceded by an e-learning module aiming at letting the participants to familiarize with the key concepts and work assignments. A follow-up questionnaire is developed and distributed to participants after 6 and 12 months in order to collect inputs on the course impact on the organizations involved. 

Key experts

Matteo Mura, Ph.D is Assistant Professor of Engineering Management at the Department of Management of the University of Bologna. He is a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Business Performance of the Cranfield School of Management and Teaching Associate at Warwick Business School. He focuses his  research and consulting activities on the topics of performance management and strategy implementation, knowledge sharing, sustainability measurement, and business analytics. He is currently involved in a three-year international project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation on business model reconfiguration and implementation. He teaches Management Control Systems at the School of Engineering and Architecture of the University of Bologna. His research has resulted in a number of publications in leading academic journals including the International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Information & Management, Creativity and Innovation Management, the Journal of Knowledge Management and others.

 Anna Wieczorek, Ph.D is Assistant Professor at School of Innovation Sciences, TU Eindhoven. Her expertise is in the area of transformation of systems providing human needs such as energy or mobility. Anna is in the field of system change for sustainability from 1999. Until 2011 she coordinated an international program on Industrial Transformation of the IHDP (International Human Dimensions Program). In her capacity as an executive officer of that initiative, she contributed to the translation of the novel, though very western, insights about systemic change to other socio-economic and geographical conditions. Because of her interests in sustainability, her empirical work focused mainly on a region that, from a global sustainability perspective, matters most, namely the emerging Asia. In that context, Anna has published on aspects of experimentation, transnational linkages, sustainable development and Asian development pathways. In parallel, she has studied European renewable energy from the Technological Innovation System (TIS) perspective. Her major input here is in the area of systemic innovation problems and instruments, and the spatial expansion of the TIS framework.

Course fee

  • 800 EUR for regular participants (50% discount available for employees of public bodies, employees of Climate-KIC partners (both core and affiliate partner), employees of NGOs, Climate-KIC Alumni and participants of the Climate-KIC Certified Professional test phase in 2015.)

Grant applications have closed on 28 October.


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