The antecedents of open business models : an exploratory study of incumbent firms

Item Type Journal paper
Abstract Firms engage increasingly in open business models. While most research has previously focused on typologies or challenges of open business models, their specific antecedents have not been studied so far. We use data from eight open business model cases to explore this question and identify five main antecedents of open business models: (1) business model inconsistency, (2) need to create and capture new value, (3) previous experience with collaboration, (4) open business model patterns, and (5) industry convergence. Based on openness characteristics from the existing literature, we differentiate four basic types of open business models and develop an initial understanding of the relevance of the identified antecedents for each of them. We thereby provide first guidelines for practitioners in choosing the right form of business model openness for their company.
Authors Frankenberger, Karolin; Weiblen, Tobias & Gassmann, Oliver
Journal or Publication Title R & D Management
Language English
Keywords Open business model, business model, typology, open innovation, consistency, antecedents
Subjects business studies
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
HSG Profile Area SoM - Business Innovation
Refereed Yes
Date 17 March 2014
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Place of Publication Oxford UK
Volume 44
Number 2
Page Range 173-188
Number of Pages 16
ISSN 0033-6807
ISSN-Digital 1467-9310
Publisher DOI
Depositing User Dr. Tobias Weiblen
Date Deposited 19 Mar 2014 02:49
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Frankenberger, Karolin; Weiblen, Tobias & Gassmann, Oliver (2014) The antecedents of open business models : an exploratory study of incumbent firms. R & D Management, 44 (2). 173-188. ISSN 0033-6807

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