Formulating Problems for Commercializing New Technologies: The Case of Greening
Paper in proceeding, 2010

Starting with problems as the unit of analysis, this paper analyzes how a firm identifies and solves environmental problems and how this is translated into new environmental offerings. The paper shows that firms can employ parallel and unrelated problem formulation and solving processes for commercializing environmental technology. We illustrate this empirically by analyzing a multinational mechanical engineering corporation that developed and launched what they describe as a ‘green product line’ to help customers to reduce their CO2 emissions. This paper contributes to the management literature by providing an empirical study of how firms formulate and solve environmental problems and how the reformulation into an environmental problem changes the initial value proposition into a more generic proposition, thereby increasing the profit potential though the generation of new applications and increased usage.

problem formulation


environmental innovation


Joakim Björkdahl

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Innovation and R&D Management

Marcus Linder

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Innovation and R&D Management

Presented at DRUID summer conference 2010, Imperial college: London

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Innovation and entrepreneurship

Subject Categories

Business Administration

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