The growing body of research on business models draws upon a range of sub-disciplines, including strategic management, entrepreneurship, organization studies and management accounting.
Business Models: A Research Overview provides a research map for business scholars, incorporating theoretical and applied perspectives. It develops the field of business model research by offering a critique of the field as it has developed to date and provides a guide for future research and theorization. The research performed as a basis for this book improves and extends prior subjective and less-documented work by using a scientific approach to identifying impactful research. The book argues that business model research is a mature field and that future research should focus on performative and ecosystem-based contributions, with the timely identification of four distinct stages of business model research. The study here provokes a new set of research questions, which are addressed in the concluding passages of Chapters 5–8, as a point of departure for those researching business models.
This book is essential primary reading for scholars and practitioners of business models who are looking to seek out new knowledge and build new perspectives.
About the Author
Christian Nielsen is Professor at the Department of Business and Management, Aalborg University, Denmark. Christian currently serves as Head of Department as well as being Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Business Models. He is a global thought leader in the design of scalable business models.
Morten Lund is Associate Professor and Director of the Business Design Center at Aalborg University, Denmark. Morten is an experienced entrepreneur and executive manager who has founded, consulted on and invested in multiple ventures with disruptive business models. He holds a Ph.D. in Business Models.
Marco Montemari is Assistant Professor at the Università Politecnica delle Marche, Italy. His research interests concern management accounting, intellectual capital and business models. Marco’s research has been published in the Journal of Intellectual Capital and the European Journal of Innovation Management, among others.
Francesco Paolone holds a degree in Business Administration from Bocconi University, Italy. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Parthenope University of Naples. His research profiles are focused on financial reporting, corporate governance and business models. He is the author of several international scientific contributions.
Maurizio Massaro is Associate Professor at Venice Ca’ Foscari University and Udine University, Italy. One of Maurizio’s articles has recently been awarded the Emerald Literati Award for Excellence. He is a member of the Global Most Innovative Knowledge Enterprise (MIKE) Award as the Italian representative.
John Dumay is Professor of Accounting and Finance, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, and a highly cited author of over 100 peer-reviewed articles book chapters and conference papers. His Ph.D. Intellectual Capital in Action: Australian Studies won the Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in 2008 for Knowledge Management.
Table of Contents
1. The rising relevance of understanding business models; 2. Applied research methodology; 3. Insights: how the field of business models is developing; 4. Critique and transformative redefinition; 5. First stage business model research: definitions and concepts; 6. Second stage business model research: the innovation of business models; 7. Third stage business model research: design frameworks and foundations for theory-building; 8. Fourth stage business model research: the performative phase; 9. Concluding remarks