ASU Center for Organization Research and Design

Introducing and Scaling up Sustainable Product-Service Systems: Insights From Transition Studies

by Fabrizio Ceschin

Dec 6, 2013

Building upon theories and concept from transition studies, this chapter illustrates how radical innovations take place, and which are the related dynamics, processes and influencing factors. The chapter then illustrates the concept of socio-technical experiment and in particular its role in triggering transition processes. The text then discusses to which extent the concepts and insights from transition studies are valuable for the specific characteristics of sustainable PSSs. As a result, the chapter puts forward a conceptual framework to describe how the implementation and diffusion of sustainable PSS innovations take place, and explains, in a coherent way, the main influencing factors (and how they are interrelated). The argumentation is accompanied by the illustration of case studies.

Introducing and Scaling up Sustainable Product-Service Systems: Insights From Transition Studies