Transforming Ecosystems: Facilitating Sustainable Innovations Through the Lineage of Exploratory Projects

Nina Koch-Ørvad*, Christian Thuesen, Christian Koch, Thomas Berker

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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.

Original languageEnglish
JournalProject Management Journal
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)602-616
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Ecosystems
  • Exploratory projects
  • Innovation
  • lineage
  • Multiproject management

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