Rick Edgeman

Socio-Ecological Innovation: Strategic Integration of Innovation for Sustainability & Sustainable Innovation

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Socio‐Ecological Innovation or SEI is innovation resulting from strategic
integration of sustainable innovation and innovation for sustainability. In particular SEI is regarded as critical to organizations intent on progressing toward Sustainable
Enterprise Excellence (SEE) and, indeed, progressing toward the asymptotic
goal of becoming a continuously relevant and responsible organization
(CR2O). Sustainable Innovation is something that is attained only when innovation in an enterprise is regular, systematic, and systemic to the endeavors of the enterprise itself – that is – Sustainable Innovation is part of the enterprise cultural fabric, is foundational to enterprise strategy, and contributes to the financial security of the enterprise. Innovation for Sustainability is innovation that is specifically targeted to address ecological and / or societal considerations. That is, Innovation for Sustainability is (generally) a subset of the enterprise innovation portfolio.
Effective and efficient integration of Innovation for Sustainability and Sustainable
Innovation aids translation of 3E (equity, ecology, economy) enterprise strategyof the Triple Top Line into 3P (people, planet, profit) Triple Bottom Line enterprise results in operationalization of the cradle‐to‐cradle product and service design, delivery, and lifecycle philosophy. While SEI is defined, it must also be assessed. Any serious assessment of SEI requires not only understanding of what it is, but also how it manifests and in what forms, how developed or mature it is, and how future SEI strategy and results can be improved. As an aid to these efforts, non‐prescriptive approaches to SEI are discussed, maturity scale assessment for SEI is developed and discussed, and a simple assessment report that combines graphic and narrative feedback is presented. The assessment report is referred to as a SEI News Report and is intended not only to provide feedback to the organization concerning its present SEI performance, but also to deliver significant foresight
that will inform future SEI efforts, strengthening the likelihood of implementing
not only best practices, but next best practices and sources of competitive
Original languageEnglish
Publication year11 Apr 2013
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 11 Apr 2013
Event5th European Conference on Intellectual Capital - Bilbao, Spain
Duration: 11 Apr 201312 Apr 2013


Conference5th European Conference on Intellectual Capital

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