Increasing pressures resulting from global environmental and climate
change urge urban settlements in OECD countries to adapt to these challenges.
In this context, the management of urban infrastructure takes on an important
role. Urban infrastructures are complex socio-technical systems that provide
services of general interest to the public society. Due to path-dependencies,
the implementation of problem-solving approaches turn out to be difficult in
practice as the existing system configurations are rigid to change. In this
context, we identify the logic of business models as a moderator between
strategy and practical implementation on firm level. However, we identify a gap
of such a moderator on the level of complex socio-technical systems.
SYSTRA, we are developing a tool that represents the relevant elements for
(organizational) innovations within the socio-technical system in a formal and
explicit way: the Innovation System Canvas (ISC). Based on our findings, we
conclude that the ISC can help to structure the translation of problem-solving
approaches into practical implementation for the purpose of climate change
adaption of urban infrastructure management.