A problem-solving perspective on strategies for appropriating environmental value – some implications from considering institutional solutions to social dilemmas
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2012

The paper outlines a framework of value creation and appropriation strategies available to firms that address environmental problems. It does so by utilising the idea that valuable problem-solution pairs correspond to opportunities and by describing why many environmental problems are ‘valuable’ problems as defined by the problem-solving perspective of the firm. Considering social dilemmas as the main hurdle for the appropriation of environmental value by firms, the paper derives four appropriation strategies for environmental innovations by drawing on the literature on economic institutions. The appropriation strategies are labelled eco-lean, eco-branding, eco-lobbyism and eco-transaction design.

value creation and appropriation

social dilemma



business case for sustainability

problem-solving perspective.

environmental innovation

problem formulation

green innovation


Marcus Linder

Chalmers, Teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Innovation and R&D Management

International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development

1740-8822 (ISSN) 1740-8830 (eISSN)

Vol. 6 164-183


Hållbar utveckling

Innovation och entreprenörskap