Business Model Community

Welcome !

In the will of openess and exchange characterizing research worldwide, the Business Model Community (BMC) has been created in 2008 to share theoretical arguments and empirical research on business models. The ultimate goal is to create cumulative knowledge and fill the gap between academics and practitioners, This website launched in May 2008 has been enriched progressively thanks to the contributions of researchers worldwide. At the beginning of 2017, 345 members compose BMCommunity.


We invite scholars rooted in any discipline (economics, strategy, marketing, information systems, HRM, finance…) to become members of the community (being included in the research directory) and to send their working papers, call for papers or announcements.


Every member of the Business Model Community will receive the BMC Newsletter.


Authors from any discipline may consider a submission of their working papers related to business models. Practitioners may also submit their reflections and analyses on the topic. Both theoretical papers and quantitative or qualitative analyses are welcome. Papers concerning any kind of organizations (firms, non-profit organizations, government….) and any industry are welcome. Papers may be submitted in any language.


Working papers of the Business Model Community are more and more downloaded and cited.


Register and submit your working papers and slides so that our community becomes over time more comprehensive and larger ! 

News !

  • The latest paper written by Senger Y. and Sengur F.K has been published !
    Sengur Y. and Sengur F.K (2017) : Airlines define their business moelds : a content analysis, World Review of Intermodal Transportation Research, Vol 6, No.2, pp.141-154

  • The Network for Business Sustainability has released a new report about how business models can provide a platform for sustainability and shared value creation. This report has been prepared by members of BMCommunity. Find more info on Announcement!
  •  You're invited to the Workshop "Emergent Issues in Business Models Literature", organized by the Research Center of Strategy, SKEMA. On March 31st in Paris, registration compulsory before March 16th. Find more on Announcements! 
  • Read the latest article by Massa, Tucci, Afuah : A Critical Assessment of BUsiness Model Research, published in Academy of Management Annals, in our Working Papers section!
  • The International Journal of Innovation Management has just published a new review article on business model patterns, supported by a free app! Find more about this innovative app on 


  • Business Model Community and the Journal of Business Models are very proud to invite you to the very first Business Model Conference!
    From May 18th to 19th, 2017, in Venice, Italy.
    Find more info


  •  New ! The Journal of Business Models is an open source,peer reviewed, international journal devoted to establishing thediscipline of business models as a separately recognized core discipline in academia. 
    Christian Nielsen (Aalborg University), Colin Haslam (Queen Mary University) and Petri Ahokangas (Universoty of Oulu, Finland) are the Editors-in-Chiefs.
    More here



What is a Business Model ?

In a basic sense, the business model is about how a company organizes to sustain itself. It draws on a multitude of subjects including entrepreneurship, strategy, organization, finance, marketing and operations management. In a more developed approach, business models are the choices (in terms of deployed resources and competences, value propositions, and internal/external organization) made by a firm to operate (Demil and Lecocq, 2010). Business model is a concept that is now crucial for entrepreneurship and that constitute a very promising perspective for research in strategic management, based on a pragmatic innovative approach. Indeed, rather than competitive advantage, business model approach stresses the revenue generation process and its consequence on profit. The burst of the business model terminology has led more and more scholars rooted in disciplines ranging from information systems to economics to study business models. Business Models raised questions related to innovation processes, entrepreneurship, organization, marketing and strategic management. As a support to the researchers and practitioners, we have created the business model community. We hope to lead to a greater understanding of the business model concept and of the best practices on business models decision and implementation.





  • The network for Business Sustainability ( has released a new report examining how business models can provide a platform for sustainability and shared value creation. The main report provides a synthesis of the literature and practices of business models for shared value (prepared by Florian Lüdeke-Freund, Lorenzo Massa, Nancy Bocken, Alan Brent and Josephine Musango). Lorenzo Massa, Florian Lüdeke-Frend, ans Nancy Buken have also repared a guide for executives that highlights actionable insights for managers.

    You can find the two reports here :





  • SKEMA Business School and the Research Center of Strategy SKEMA are glad to invite you to its Workshop "Emergent Issues in Business Models Literature". It will take place on March 31st, 2017, from 9 a.m to 1 p.m, Pôle Universitaire Leonard de Vinci, room 761, Paris. Three main topics will be explored : new ways of doing business,  measuring business model performance of a disruptive innovation, and mechanismes leading to business model innovation. Prof. Mircea Epure, Prof. Andres Hervad-Drane and Prof. Maria Rita Micheli are the three invited researchers.
    Registration is compulsory due to limited space, before March 16th. If you're interested, you can register here :

    Find more info here :



  • The International Journal of Innovation Management has published a review article on business model patterns : "The Business Model Pattern Database - A Tool for Systematic Business Model Innovation", by Gerrit Remane, Andre Hanelt, Jan F. Tesch, and Lutz M. Kolbe (2017, Vol.21 No.1), available at  . This article is supported by a free app including all 182 business model patterns from the article, available at  (for Android, iOS coming soon)


  • Call for Papers : Special Issue of Tourism Review on Business Models in Tourism.

Guest Editors : Stephan Reinhold (University of St Gallen), Floran Zach (Washington State University), Dejan Krizaj (University of Primorska) and Christian Laesser (Tourism Review editor-in-chief). 

Expression of Interest by September 30th, Full papers by March 31, 2017.

Find more, motivation and scope :  


  • IESE-Strategic Management Society extension on Business Models - Munich, Germany, 16th September 2016.
    "Business Models Innovation and Change in Established Firms 


    8:30-9:00             Welcome & Introduction

    9:00-10:00           The Bosch Experience: Mr. Sommerhäuser & Prof. Frankenberger

    10:00-10:30         Coffee Break

    10:30-12:00         The Siemens & IBM experiences: Mr. Freytag, Mr. Giessen & Prof. Teece

    12:00-13:00         Lunch

    13:00-14:30         The New Hope & Qianhai Equity Exchange experiences: Ms. Chen, Ms. Sun & Prof. Wei

    14:30-14:45         Coffee Break

    14:45-15:45         Roundtables on “The Academic Perspective" (Profs. Amit, Baden-Fuller, Frankenberger, Teece, Tucci, Ricart, Wei, Zott)

    15:45-16:15         Plenary Discussion

    16:15-16:30         Wrap-up

    • 8:30-9:00             Welcome & Introduction
      9:00-10:00           The Bosch Experience: Mr. Sommerhäuser & Prof. Frankenberger
      10:00-10:30         Coffee Break
      10:30-12:00         The Siemens & IBM experiences: Mr. Freytag, Mr. Giessen & Prof. Teece
      12:00-13:00         Lunch
      13:00-14:30         The New Hope & Qianhai Equity Exchange experiences: Ms. Chen, Ms. Sun & Prof. Wei
      14:30-14:45         Coffee Break
      14:45-15:45         Roundtables on “The Academic Perspective" (Profs. Amit, Baden-Fuller, Frankenberger, Teece, Tucci, Ricart, Wei, Zott)
      15:45-16:15         Plenary Discussion
      16:15-16:30         Wrap-up

      AMS Review “Business Models for the Digital Economy:  A Marketing Perspective” Co-Editors:  M Call for paper AMS

    • The 2015 International Workshop on Business Models  "Business Model Innovation: Design, Process and Implementation".
      Co-Chairs: Wei Wei, HSBC Business School, Peking University; Wuxiang Zhu, School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University; Raphael Amit, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Dates: December 11-13, 2015 Location: Tsinghua University, Beiijng  


    • The Journal of Business Models is an open source, peer reviewed, international journal devoted to establishing the discipline of business models as a separately recognized core discipline in academia. Christian Nielsen (Aalborg University), Colin Haslam (Queen Mary University) and Petri Ahokangas (Universoty of Oulu, Finland) are the Editors-in-Chiefs. More here
    •   the Editors and the team would like your opinion on how they can improve the Journal of Business Models and hope you will take 4 minutes of your time to answer the following questionnaire here··A special on issue of Sustainability ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Economic, Business and Management Aspects of Sustainability". Guest Editor : Dr. Adam Jabłoński, The University of Dąbrowa Górnicza, Poland.


    • EURAM 2015, Track 13 Strategic Management. Submission is open until the 13 January 2015, 2pm Brussels time


    • EGOS 2015, Sub-theme 65: Translating the Business Model into Action: Practice and Performativity Submission is open until Monday, January 12, 2015, 23:59:59 Central European Time (CET)


    • AOM 2015 The deadline for all submissions is January 13, 2015 at 5:00p.m. (NY Time).


    • Journal of Business Strategy : « Business Models and Business Model Innovation, Insights for Practitioners »

    Guest Editors:  V. Mangematin, Grenoble Ecole de Management, France A. Ravarini, Università Carlo Cattaneo, Italy P. Sharkey Scott, Maynooth University, Ireland

    Deadline for submission : 30th septembre 2015 


    • A Call for paper for the International Journal of Technology Management : « Leveraging Technological Change : The role of Business Models and Ecosystems »

    Submission of manuscripts, 31st October 2014

    Guest Editors :

    Prof. Pierre-Jean Benghozi, École Polytechnique and CNRS, France
    Prof. Thierry Rayna, ESG Management School, France
    Dr. Elisa Salvador, École Polytechnique, France
    Dr. Ludmila Striukova, University College London, United Kingdom




    • A call for papers for the 14th EURAM Annual Conference, Valencia, Spain, June 4-7, 2014. Special track on business models: Sub-theme 6 “Innovation” and Sub-theme 14 “Strategic Management”. More information :
    •  A call for papers for a special issue on the topic: “Business Model for sustainability” The Journal Organization and Environment. For details, please either download the file attached herewith or visit: 
    • The editors-in-chief of the Journal of Business Models are proud to announce that it will be airing its first issues. The inaugural issue will be launched over the period of January to June 2014 and also a special issue from the NFF conference in Iceland with the title "The business model eruption: how game changing mind sets challenge existing nodes of business" will be ready early in the year. Check out the website here: We are welcoming all research contributions from the Business Model Community. On top of that, practitioner contributions and book reviews are also most welcome. As we are sustaining a double-blind review process, we would urge you to sign up as reviewers here: and by sending a hint of interest to Christian Nielsen on
    •    A call for applications for a 2 year post-doc position in management of creativity and innovation, at Beta-Strasbourg.
    • A call for applications for the position of full time faculty, global entertainment and music business in the Berklee Valencia Graduate Studies.

    •           A call for papers for a special issue on the topic: “Unveiling the economic rationale behind the social business model” The Journal Social Business. For details, please either download the file attached herewith or visit:
    • Special News : The paper "Crowdsourcing as a solution to distant search" written by Christopher Tucci and Allan Afuah, won the Award for Best Academy of Management Review, Article of the year 2012. Congrats !  
    • Special Issue on “Business Model Innovation”, Edited by Joakim Björkdahl and Magnus Holmén. Now published in the International Journal of Product Development (IJPD), 2013 Vol. 18 No. 3/4. The Special issue can be accessed at :



    • Special Issue of R&D Management, “Business Model Innovation”, Edited by Patrick Spieth, Joan Ricart and Dirk Schneckenberg. The deadline for submissions is 31st July 2013 and the special issue is intended for publication in early 2014.


    •   Call for paper for Advances in Strategic Management Series. “Business Models and Organizations”, Edited by Charles Baden-Fuller and Vincent Mangematin. Submission Deadline: May 15, 2014. For questions regarding the content of this AiSM volume, the editorial process, or to submit a paper, please contact the volume editors: Charles Baden-Fuller (volume editor), or Vincent Mangematin (volume editor),




















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