Tampere University of Technology

TUTCRIS Research Portal

Sustainable Business Model Ideation and Development of Early Ideas for Sustainable Business Models: Analyzing a New Tool Facilitating the Ideation Process

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSustainable Business Models
Subtitle of host publicationInnovation, Implementation and Success
EditorsAnnabeth Aagaard
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages31
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-93275-0
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-93274-3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2018
Publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book

Publication series

NameStudies in Sustainable Business In Association with Future Earth
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan, Cham


This chapter presents an early ideation tool, the Impact Canvas® (IC), that has been specifically designed to involve different kinds of stakeholders in the early stages of the business and research ideation process. The authors discuss how a tool can support the ideation process and how the IC tool has been designed to incorporate different elements for the development of sustainable and impactful ideas. The usefulness of the tool when cooperating in a multidisciplinary team is described. The authors report feedback from users of the tool that supports the perception of the user-friendliness and usefulness of the tool. The chapter concludes with a description of how the IC tool is being further developed to support a more multidisciplinary approach to research and business ideation.


  • Canvas tool, Early idea development, Ideation process, Ideation tool, Innovative research and business ideas, Multidisciplinary team, Sustainable business ideas

Publication forum classification

Field of science, Statistics Finland