128 pages | 17 B/W Illus.
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.
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
Advances in theory, methods and applied knowledge alongside structural changes in the global economic ecosystem, present researchers with challenges in seeking to stay abreast of their fields and navigate new scholarly terrains.
This series presents shortform books which provide an expert map to guide readers through new and rapidly evolving areas of research. Each title will provide an overview of the area, a guide to the key literature along with time-saving summaries of how theory interacts with practice.
As a collection, these books provide a library of theoretical and conceptual insights into business research. Each book contributes to an understanding of the state of the art, as a foundation stone for a new generation of research.