Join now and attend on October 1: Innovating for Sustainability Salon


Posted for TIma Bansal:


The Innovating for Sustainability Salon, a community of more than 100 scholars globally, will convene virtually on October 1, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm ET. The theme will be: From Local to Global: The study of sustainable innovation at various systems levels (full theme description is below).

We encourage you to join the Salon community if you work in the area of Innovating for Sustainability. Our goal is to build an engaged, virtual community of scholars, who meet regularly to discuss their research.

Register here if you would like to join the Salon, even if you cannot attend this specific meeting.
You can also register to attend or present at the October 1 meeting on the same page. Meeting call-in details are provided on the registration confirmation message.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Chelsea Hicks-Webster.


Tima Bansal (Ivey Business School)

Marie-France Turcotte (Université du Québec à Montréal)

Joel Gehman (Alberta School of Business)

Garima Sharma (Anderson School of Management)

Sylvia Grewatsch (Goodman School of Business)

Angela Greco (University of Groningen)

Theme: From Local to Global: The study of sustainable innovation at various systems levels

Solutions to grand challenges are being addressed at different levels in the system. Increasingly, many sustainability approaches advocate the implementation of local solutions to tackle global challenges. This approach presents both advantages and limitations. For instance, district levels are seen as critical to effectively innovate small-scale infrastructures for renewable energy upgrades –e.g. mini-grids and ‘local energy communities’, enabling neighbourhood sustainable grid configurations. However, for policies such as those intervening on climate change, this approach might compromise their effectiveness, since they address environmental damages extending beyond local jurisdictions (Bushnell, Peterman & Wolfram, 2008). The systems nature of grand challenges calls for systems solutions. While a local approach to grand challenges comes with limitations, a holistic approach to sustainable innovation presents many challenges. The next salon seeks to explore the study of sustainability innovation at different levels in the system. Questions of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • How are sustainable solutions being managed at different systems levels?
  • How can problem-centric innovation organically spread across multiple levels?
  • What types of innovations can address sustainability challenges in a holistic way?
  • What is the impact of local solutions to global problems? How can local approaches balance long-term sustainability goals with short-term solutions?
  • What are specific types of grand challenges that need to be tackled at the local level as opposed to the global level?
  • How can short-term local solutions be agile enough to accommodate long-term and large scale sustainability demands? How can resilient systems be built without compromising the flexibility needed to address long-term challenges?
  • Can local solutions be responsibly scaled without resulting in unintended consequences? How about place-dependency of local solutions?
  • Different branches of science are tackling systems problems. What types of cross-disciplinary space can allow management scholars to study the nexus between global and local governance for responsible innovation?

Pratima Bansal
Ivey Business School, Western U
London ON
(519) 661-3864