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Utilizing the business model canvas to enable sustainability measurement on the business model level : an indicator framework supplementing the business model canvas.

Obst, Lara (2015) Utilizing the business model canvas to enable sustainability measurement on the business model level : an indicator framework supplementing the business model canvas.

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Abstract:This thesis develops an "Sustainability Performance Indicator Framework" that supplements the Business Model Canvas, in order to enable sustainability measurement on the business model Level. Applying a theory-based exploration, this thesis first reveals the desired organizational performance towards “strong” sustainability. Therefore, it investigates the emerging, trans-disciplinary research field around SBMs. It was found that the BM represents the core logic of a company, but currently lacks in its conceptual model, the BMC, sustainability issues. “Strong” sustainability is thereby defined as a balanced triangle of non-substitutable economic, social and environmental values. Thus, the proposition of a balanced set of Sustainability Performance Indicators (SPIs), measuring all three sustainability dimensions, is developed. Secondly, in an empiric exploration, these SPIs, used by different Sustainability Reporting (SR) guidelines, are further investigated and altered together with 20 experts in three Delphi panel rounds. As a result, a SPI Framework, supplementing the BMC, is built. The framework depicts and visualizes the current (with lagging indicators) as well as potential (with leading indicators) sustainability performance of companies. Hence it enables the measurement of sustainability performance on the BM level and not only on the product or service level, as conventional Corporate Sustainability (CS) tools do.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Clients:
climate kic, tu berlin
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Business Administration MSc (60644)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/68263
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