René Rohrbeck

Collaborative business modeling for systemic and sustainability innovations

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  • René Rohrbeck
  • L. Konnertz, Technical University of Berlin, Germany
  • S. Knab, Chair of Business Ethics and Management, Universität Hamburg, Germany
Sustainability innovations are characterized by a systemic nature, and require that multiple organizations act in an orchestrated fashion. To jointly identify opportunities and plan sustainability innovations, new methods and approaches are needed. In this article we describe a case study where 8 firms have collaborated to envision and create new business models in the energy industry. After describing this collaborative business modelling (CBM) approach, we discuss its strengths and limitations and compare it to two alternative methods of strategy and innovation planning: scenario technique and roadmapping. We find that CBM has its particular strengths in promoting creativity, dealing with uncertainty, and providing a platform for both strategic discussions and planning the future architecture of an emerging market.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Technology Management
Pages (from-to)4-23
Publication statusPublished - 2013

    Research areas

  • business model, business modelling, innovation management, new business field exploration

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