Indicative Bibliography

Research Repository

Flourishing research stock and flow

Since the first publications in (strong) sustainable business models in 2013, there have been many projects dedicated to foundational theory and models, and case studies in small and large business contexts.

If you have published work that you would like to include as a reference for others please contact: Tim Posselt, Director of Learning and Innovation |

Flourishing resources

  1. Peter Jones, Riemer, Manuel, Theriault-Loubier, Gryphon & Spadafore, Brittany. (2022). Shifting Mindsets for Managing Complexity: A Municipal Case Study. Project Report. Toronto: Flourishing Enterprise Institute.
  2. Sandra Waddock, Waddell, S., Jones, P.H., & Kendrick, I. (2022). Convening Transformation Systems to Achieve System Transformation. Journal of Awareness-Based Systems Change, 2 (1), 77–100.
  3. Antony Upward & Davies, S.N. (2019). Strategy Design for Flourishing: A Robust Method. In Rethinking Strategic Management (pp. 149-175). Springer.
  4. Nicole Norris. (2019). Flourishing Trim Tabs: Designing business models that catalyze strongly sustainable enterprises. OCAD University, Major Research Project.
  5. Hoveskog, M., Halila, F., Mattsson, M., Upward, A., & Karlsson, N. (2018). Education for sustainable development: Business modelling for flourishing. Journal of Cleaner Production, 172, 4383-4396.
  6. Lüdeke-Freund, F., Carroux, S., Joyce, A., Massa, L., & Breuer, H. (2018). The sustainable business model pattern taxonomy—45 patterns to support sustainability-oriented business model innovation. Sustainable Production and Consumption, 15, 145-162.
  7. Kurucz, E. C., Colbert, B. A., Luedeke-Freund, F., Upward, A., & Willard, B. (2017). Relational leadership for strategic sustainability: Practices and capabilities to advance the design and assessment of sustainable business models. Journal of Cleaner Production, 140, 189-204.
  8. Lüdeke-Freund, F., Freudenreich, B., Schaltegger, S., Saviuc, I., & Stock, M. (2017). Sustainability-oriented business model assessment—A conceptual foundation. In Analytics, Innovation, and Excellence-driven Enterprise Sustainability (pp. 169-206). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  9. Sonowal, J. (2017) The Hospital as a Business for Flourishing. OCAD University, Major Research Project.
  10. Peter Jones. (2017). Social Ecologies of Flourishing: Designing Conditions that Sustain Culture. In A. Skjerven & J.B. Reitan, (Eds.) Design for a Sustainable Culture: Perspectives, Practices and Education, pp. 38-54. London: Routledge.
  11. Schaltegger, S., Hansen, E. G., & Lüdeke-Freund, F. (2016). Business models for sustainability: Origins, present research, and future avenues. Organization & environment, 29(1), 3-10.
  12. Elkington, R., & Upward, A. (2016). Leadership as enabling function for flourishing by design. Journal of Global Responsibility, 7 (1). pp. 126-144.
  13. Peter Jones. (2015). Designing flourishing societies as a practice of cultural futures. In Relating Systems Thinking and Design (RSD4) 2015 Symposium, 1-3 Sep 2015, Banff, Canada.
  14. Antony Upward & Jones, P.H. (2014). An ontology for strongly sustainable business models: Defining an enterprise framework compatible with natural and social science. Organization & Environment, 1-27. doi:10.1177/1086026615592933
  15. Peter Jones & Upward, A. (2014). Caring for the future: The systemic design of flourishing enterprises. In Proceedings of RSD3, Third Symposium of Relating Systems Thinking and Design. Oslo, Norway, October 15-17, 2014.
  16. Upward, A. (2013). Towards an ontology and canvas for strongly sustainable business models: A systemic design science exploration. Thesis: York University, Toronto.
  17. Hoeller, N., Goel, A., Freixas, C., Anway, R., Upward, A., Salustri, F., & Miteva, K. (2013). Developing a common ground for learning from nature. Zygote Quarterly, 7, 133-45.