Innovations in Sustainability: Fuel and Food (Organizations and the Natural Environment)
By: Alfred A. Marcus (author)Paperback
To what extent can competition between companies encourage innovations in sustainability that have the potential to solve some of the world's major challenges? Using a series of case studies, this book pits closely related competitors against each other to examine the progress in and obstacles to the evolution of sustainable innovations in energy efficiency, solar power, electric vehicles and hybrids, wind energy, healthy eating, and agricultural productivity. It delves into the efforts of Tesla Motors to bring about a revolution in personal transportation, and the challenges Toyota and General Motors (GM) confront in commercializing hybrids. It explores the movement to healthy food by cereal companies General Mills and Kellogg's, and depicts the battles between Whole Foods and Walmart for the world's palate. By examining the experiences that particular businesses have had with sustainable innovation, this insightful book reflects upon lessons learned and encourages readers to think carefully about the challenges that lie ahead.
Alfred A. Marcus is the Edson Spencer Endowed Chair in Strategy and Technological Leadership at the Carlson School of Management and at the Technological Leadership Institute (TLI) College of Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota. He has published in numerous academic journals and he is the author or editor of fifteen books on strategic management, business ethics and green business. His current research focuses on sustainable innovation and clean tech venture capital.
Foreword; Acknowledgements; Introduction: the path to sustainability; Part I. Funding Sustainable Startups: 1. Leaders of the pack: Khosla Ventures and KPCB; 2. Scaling up: Intel Capital and Google Ventures; Part II. Business Models: 3. Follow the sun: First Solar and Suntech; 4. Making a revolution: Tesla and Better Place; Part III. The Macroenvironment and Industry Context: 5. Ticket to ride: Toyota and General Motors; 6. Blowing in the wind: Vestas and General Electric; Part IV. Finding Customers: 7. Carrying that weight: General Mills and Kellogg's; 8. Bridge over troubled waters: Pepsi and Coke; Part V. Competition between Mission and Non-Mission-Based Businesses: 9. Consensus capitalism: Whole Foods and Walmart; 10. Sustainability's next frontier: Dupont and Monsanto; Concluding observations: the journey continues; Index.
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