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Business models and sustainability – Thesis defense November 18

How can business models contribute to increased sustainability? That is the question discussed by LTH doctoral student Emil Åkesson in his thesis on the topic of Industrial economics: Business Model Epistemology: Support for a Semi-Structured and Inclusive Approach to Business Modeling in Established Firms.

– Published 3 November 2022

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Established companies play a particularly important role in the transition work the world is facing. These companies are not only equipped with a great number of employees, large resources and networks, they are in many cases also responsible for part of the global problems that need to be solved. It is therefore important that this specific category of companies is successful when transforming to more sustainable ways of doing business, says Emil Åkesson.

In his thesis, he proposes a changed way of looking at business models, by shifting the focus from new business models and their constituent components to business modeling individuals and their knowledge journey. This leads to more open and inclusive ways of working with business models in established companies — towards a more sustainable world.

Would you like to know more about research on business models and sustainability?

You are welcome to join Emil Åkesson's thesis defense on November 18 at 9.15 in “Stora hörsalen” at IKDC, Sölvegatan 26 in Lund. Opponent is Kristian Sund, Denmark.

The defense can also be followed via Zoom.