Championing processes and the emergence of industrial symbiosis

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  • St. Petersburg State University
  • Lappeenranta University of Technology


Industrial symbiosis is an important concept for regional development in which industrial organizations seek to use one another's outputs and inputs, reduce waste and achieve economic benefits. Though the technical details of this phenomenon are well known, the roles of key individuals and, particularly, their championing processes remain unclear. This paper includes a pre-study of a national industrial symbiosis system, followed by an in-depth case study of a regional industrial symbiosis related to heat reuse. The findings reveal novel implications about how champions facilitate collaboration among regional organizations and other stakeholders, leading to the emergence of industrial symbiosis.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)528-539
Number of pages12
JournalRegional Studies
Issue number4
Early online date20 Jul 2018
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Research areas

  • case study, champion, championing, energy, industrial symbiosis, Q57, R11, regional development, REGIONAL-DEVELOPMENT, INNOVATION, NETWORKS, BUSINESS, PARKS, EVOLUTION, ECOLOGY

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