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Biomimicry - Where Nature is Changing Innovation

Lipholt, N.R.W. (2019) Biomimicry - Where Nature is Changing Innovation.

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Abstract:As a highly interdisciplinary field, business management is influenced by many subjects of natural and social sciences. From a new angle, there seems to be an increasingly biomimetic influence. Biomimicry is an applied science that examines nature, its models, systems, processes, and elements to emulate or take inspiration from, in order to solve human problems. By delving more deeply into the application of biomimicry and how nature solves problems that are experienced today, we will be able to extract timely solutions from it and to build a more sustainable environment. Through the comparison and examination of existing biomimetic applications, this paper elaborates on distinct approaches to biomimicry that have evolved. A framework for understanding the various forms of biomimicry has been developed, and is used to discuss the potential of the various cases. So, this research attempts to specifically investigate strategies for sustainable innovation. Those strategies are inspired by the development of unsophisticated living systems (ecosystem level), their material properties (organism level) and their possibility to adapt to changes in the environment (behavioral level). The results are achieved through an attempt to link the two emerging interfaces: biomimicry and innovation, exploring their potential in developing more sustainable businesses.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:International Business Administration BSc (50952)
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