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Degrowth and techno-business model innovation: The case of Riversimple

Wells, Peter Erskine ORCID: 2018. Degrowth and techno-business model innovation: The case of Riversimple. Journal of Cleaner Production 197 (Part2) , pp. 1704-1710. 10.1016/j.jclepro.2016.06.186

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There is an emergent understanding that humanity has precipitated an ‘Anthropocene’ such that we are now operating in a reduced space for humanity in which urgent action is required. This case study paper links degrowth, technological innovation, business model innovation and corporate governance. The arguments are illustrated with the case of an embryonic vehicle and mobility business called Riversimple. The paper shows that radical technology innovations in the vehicle itself are achieved by underlying principles that focus on mass decompounding, powertrain de-coupling, whole system design, and low-volume production systems. The characteristics of the technologies are fundamental to, and in part derive from, the business model adopted by the case, and the governance structures designed to avoid the primacy usually afforded to returns to financial shareholders. While the case is embryonic, the paper argues that an important possible contribution is the ability to commence a disruptive transition to a degrowth future from within existing legal frameworks, social practices, cultural expectations and physical infrastructures.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Additional Information: This journal has an embargo period of 24 months.
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0959-6526
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 7 July 2016
Date of Acceptance: 5 July 2016
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2022 11:02

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