Paper Number

1974

Paper Type

CRP

Abstract

The importance of digitalization and sustainability has grown significantly in recent years, and organizations must consider both aspects when developing new products and services. Howev-er, identifying ideas that align with digital and sustainability goals remains challenging. This study addresses this gap by developing a digital sustainability-oriented innovation evaluation framework following the design science research paradigm. By conducting a systematic litera-ture review and 13 expert interviews, we identified 13 criteria that depict the unique characteris-tics of digital sustainability-oriented innovations, particularly relevant at the front-end of inno-vation. The criteria are structured within a framework that helps practitioners to evaluate and select innovations that align with digital and sustainability objectives. Thus, it simultaneously promotes digital and sustainable development. By bridging the gap between digital and sustain-ability innovation evaluation, our research contributes to the organizations' twin transfor-mation, combines two distinct research streams, and offers practical guidance for organizations embracing digital sustainability-oriented innovations.

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EVALUATING DIGITAL SUSTAINABILITY-ORIENTED INNOVATIONS: CRITERIA FOR THE FRONTEND OF INNOVATION

The importance of digitalization and sustainability has grown significantly in recent years, and organizations must consider both aspects when developing new products and services. Howev-er, identifying ideas that align with digital and sustainability goals remains challenging. This study addresses this gap by developing a digital sustainability-oriented innovation evaluation framework following the design science research paradigm. By conducting a systematic litera-ture review and 13 expert interviews, we identified 13 criteria that depict the unique characteris-tics of digital sustainability-oriented innovations, particularly relevant at the front-end of inno-vation. The criteria are structured within a framework that helps practitioners to evaluate and select innovations that align with digital and sustainability objectives. Thus, it simultaneously promotes digital and sustainable development. By bridging the gap between digital and sustain-ability innovation evaluation, our research contributes to the organizations' twin transfor-mation, combines two distinct research streams, and offers practical guidance for organizations embracing digital sustainability-oriented innovations.

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