Transforming Ecosystems: Facilitating Sustainable Innovations Through the Lineage of Exploratory Projects
Journal article, 2019

Radical innovations are essential for the sustainable transition of society; however, such innovations are struggling to establish a solid position in the ecosystem. Through a case study, the influence of the ecosystem on a radical, sustainable innovation is investigated. The study shows that the ecosystem causes bottleneck challenges for the innovation and that a lineage of exploratory projects is essential to transforming the ecosystem and thereby supporting the breakthrough of the innovation. A model for lineage ecosystem management is proposed, extending and contributing to the multiproject lineage management approach, with a particular focus on radical, sustainable innovations.




multiproject management

exploratory projects


Nina Koch-ørvad

Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

Christian Thuesen

Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

Christian Koch

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Construction Management

Thomas Berker

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

Project Management Journal

8756-9728 (ISSN)

Vol. 50 5 602-616

Subject Categories

Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

Landscape Architecture

Business Administration



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