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 !


  • Submit now to the Special Issue of Sustainability on Business Model Innovation for Sustainability : Bridging the Design-Implementation Gap.
    "Business model innovation for sustainability (BMIfS) has been recognised as one of the strategic options available to organizations willing to build resilient business models and seize additional value creation opportunities. Although BMIfS design has not been an issue, organisations often fail to implement BMIfS. Thus, the aim of this special issue is to invite contributions into how organizations perform BMIfS and under what conditions the design-implementation gap of BMIfS can be bridged. This special issue aims to publish high-quality empirical and theoretical papers on BMIfS challenges, strategies, process, and impact."
    Find more details

  • Read the newest article by Bohnsack, Ciulli and Kolk in Journal of International Business Studies directly
    You can also accessthe executive summary

  • New Call for Papers! The Paper Development Workshop (Virtual) for the Special Issue of Organization & Environment on "The Organizational Dynamics of Business Models for Sustainability" is inviting your submissions. Deadline is November 13th. More info here :

  • You can read the newest paper by Elias Garcias Lopez, Watte & Gosling : "Business model change of printed newspapers in the internet age : the New York Times case", at the following link :

  • You can now access the latest paper by Ramdani, B., Binsaif, A., Boukrami, E., & Guermat, C. (2020). Business models innovation in investment banks: a resilience perspective. Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 1-28, in our Working Papers section!

  • Read the Chapter 7 about Revenue Sources of the Business Model GRP, from Verstraete T. & Jouison E. , by clicking

  • You can read a new article about "Differences in the representation of the business model of transferred companies: exploratory research with three pairs of
    transferor-transferee", by Meiar and Verstraete, in our Working Papers section!

  • You can find a new case study on Etablissements Thuvenin, by Verstraete, Rénaudau & Jouison, in our Working Papers section.

  • New addition to our Other Resources section! Discover how the GRP Lab was created to teach and guide entrepreneurship, by Thierry Verstraete.


  • Read the latest paper by Bivona E., Cosenz F. (2019) : Designing a Multi-Sided Platform business model assessment framework: a Dynamic Performance Management perspective, Systems Research and Behavioral Science,
  • Read the two latest papers by our member Humberto Elias Lopes :
    - The Business Model's Value Dimensions : An Analytical Tool,
    - Business Models and Competitive Advantage : A Dynamic Approach,

    Coleta, K.; Lopes, H.E.G.; Salum, F. (2018). Business models: conceptual and theoretical roots. In: Jamil, G. et al. (ed.). Handbook of Research on Business Models in Modern Competitive Scenarios. IGI Global. Link:ÅMÅŽÕÑ&keywords=Handbook+of+Research+on+Business+Models+in+Modern+Competitive+Scenarios&qid=1557772284&s=gateway&sr=8-1-fkmrnull
    Salum, F.; Coleta, K.; Ferraz, D.; Lopes, H.E.G. (2018). The value of choices: a business model approach to value. In: Jamil, G. et al. (ed.). Handbook of Research on Business Models in Modern Competitive Scenarios. IGI Global. Link:ÅMÅŽÕÑ&keywords=Handbook+of+Research+on+Business+Models+in+Modern+Competitive+Scenarios&qid=1557772284&s=gateway&sr=8-1-fkmrnull
    Lopes, S.; Lopes, H.E.G.; Coleta, K.; Rodrigues, V. (2018). Dynamic business model: capture of value and generation of sustainable competitive advantage. In: Jamil, G. et al. (ed.). Handbook of Research on Business Models in Modern Competitive Scenarios. IGI Global. Link:ÅMÅŽÕÑ&keywords=Handbook+of+Research+on+Business+Models+in+Modern+Competitive+Scenarios&qid=1557772284&s=gateway&sr=8-1-fkmrnull
    Coleta, K.; Lopes, H.E.G.; Salum, F. (2018). Business models: conceptual and theoretical roots. In: Jamil, G. et al. (ed.). Handbook of Research on Business Models in Modern Competitive Scenarios. IGI Global. Link:ÅMÅŽÕÑ&keywords=Handbook+of+Research+on+Business+Models+in+Modern+Competitive+Scenarios&qid=1557772284&s=gateway&sr=8-1-fkmrnull
    Salum, F.; Coleta, K.; Ferraz, D.; Lopes, H.E.G. (2018). The value of choices: a business model approach to value. In: Jamil, G. et al. (ed.). Handbook of Research on Business Models in Modern Competitive Scenarios. IGI Global. Link:ÅMÅŽÕÑ&keywords=Handbook+of+Research+on+Business+Models+in+Modern+Competitive+Scenarios&qid=1557772284&s=ga





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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.

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  • A member of the community has published several book chapters in: Jamil, G. et al. (ed.). Handbook of Research on Business Models in Modern Competitive Scenarios (2018) :
    - Lopes S., Lopes H.E.G, Coleta K., Rodrigues V., Dynamic business model: capture of value and generation of sustainable competitive advantage.
    - Coleta K;, Lopes H.E.G, Salum F., Business models: conceptual and theoretical roots. 
    - Salum F., Coleta K., Ferraz D, Lopes H.E.G., The value of choices : a business model approach to value

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  • You can read the latest paper by Lopes S., Lopes H.E.G., Coleta K. & Rodrigues V. (2019) : Business model ans competitive advantage : a dynamic approach; Iberoamerican Jounral of Strategic Management, 18(1), by 
  • You can read the latest articles by Downs & Velamuri (2018). Business Model Innovation in a knowledge revolution : an evolutionary theory perspective. Manage Decis. Econ., 39(5).  The link is 
  • Read the latest paper by Downs, Hossfeld & Velamuri (2019)    : The EC-LQO five-factor framework : An alternative lens for business model innovation in highly knowledge-intensive industries; Manage Decis Econ., 40(3)
  • Read the newest paper by Brea-Solís, H., Grifell-Tatjé, E. (2019) "A business model analysis of Kmart's downfall." International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management, 47 (2), pp. 111-128. You can access it 
  • We are glad to announce the newest paper by Kremer, Jouison and Verstraete : "Learning and Teaching the Business Model : The Contribution of a Specific and Dedicated Web Application", Journal of Entrepreneurship Education, 20(2), 2017
  • Read the latest paper by VERSTRAETE T., NÉRAUDAU G., JOUISON-LAFFITTE E., « Lecture conventionnaliste du cas des établissements Thunevin » in  Revue Internationale PME, 31(1), 2018 
  • We are glad to announce two papers by our member Leonardo Corbo :

    Corbo, L. (2017). In search of business model configurations that work: Lessons from the hybridization of Air Berlin and JetBlue. Journal of Air Transport Management, 64: 139-150.

    Corbo, L., Pirolo, L., & Rodrigues, V. (2018). Business model adaptation in response to an exogenous shock: An empirical analysis of the Portuguese footwear industry.
    International Journal of Engineering Business Management, 10: 1-12.

  • Journal of Business Models released a Call for Papers on the subject : "Business Models, Platforms and Ecocsystems in Healthcare - Data, Devices and Technology". Papers are expected to tackle "studies focusing on preventive or medical care context in which the data, technology and devices are used as a resource for creation and evolution of new business models and ecosystems".
    Deadline is March 31st. You can find the entire Call for Papers

  • Electronic Markets is issuing a Special Issue on "Business model innovation: Tools and Innovation patterns". Deadline is May 15th 2018. Guest editors : Mark de Reuver, Delft University of Technology ; Harry Bouwman, Delft University of Technology; Erwin Fielt, Queensland University of Technology; Marikka Heikkilä, University of Tukku; and Omar El Sawy USC Marshall School of Business. You can find more info on the topic and central issues
  • HSBC Business School is pleased to invite you to its 5th International Roundtable on Business Models! Hosted by HSBC Business School, Peking University,  the aim of the Roundtable is to create a platform for the fusion of insights from both research and practice. The workshop will incorporate presentations by academics and by practitioners and in-depth discussions of key issues among participants.
    The Roundtable will take place in Shenzhen, China, from December 13th to December 15th. Registration is mandatory and open until December 10th. For more info, please check the following link :

  • The Journal of Business Models issued a Call for Papers on the topic on "Sustainable value creation through business models". This issue will deal with notably forms of sustainable value creations and dealing with the trade-offs associated. It will emphasize on ecological and social issues, but also welcomes sociological, cultural and psychological perspectives, and is open to all forms of research.
    Full papers and short papers are invites. The full paper submission is expected by 15th January 2018, and the issue shall be published during summer 2019. You can fin all the info here

  • 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

  •  AMS Review “Business Models for the Digital Economy: A Marketing Perspective” Co-Editors: M Call for paper AMS
  • EGOS conference - Naples, Italy, 7-9th July 2016 Sub-theme 46: The Long Shadow of Business Models: Inertia and Improvisation
    Convenors: Stefan Häfliger, Vincent Mangematin, Charles Baden-Fuller
  • The International Journal of Technology Management will soon publish a special Issue on "Leveraging Technological Change the Role of Business Models and Ecosystems".
  • 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
  • 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 paper for the Journal of Strategy and Management : « Green and sustainable innovations in Smart Cities: Business Models and Ecosystems »
  • Academic Workshop - Nice, 6th February, 2015 preparing for Special issue call for papers from Journal of Strategy and Management :
  • A call for papers for the 19th DMI: Academic Design Management Conference, London, United Kingdom, September 2-4, 2014. Special track on business models: Sub-theme 5d) “Design(ers) thinking and disruptive business model innovation: creating mental models or tangible models?” by P. Badke-Schaub and L.W.L.Simonse. More information :
  • The Business Model Buzz” which is a 12 hour business model marathon. Visionary thinkers and innovative practitioners gathered to interact, learn and apply the latest methods and advanced tools on business modelling. On March 27, in Aalborg. More information :
  • The ESRC Research Seminar Series about “Business models: Rationale, applications and interorganizationality”, London, 7 February 2014. Further information from :
  • A call for papers for the 30th EGOS Colloquium, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, July 3-5, 2014. Special track on business models: Sub-theme 27 “Business models and strategies: Organizations and alternative forms of organizing” by S. Häfliger, C. Baden-Fuller and V. Mangematin. More information :
  • 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),
  • Journal of Business Models. Our colleagues from CREBS in Aalborg are launching the brand new Journal of Business Models. Here is the URL of the journal: To register as an author and submit:, please go to
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