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René Rohrbeck

How Collaborative Business Modeling Can Be Used to Jointly Explore Sustainability Innovations

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  • Lars Konnertz, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany
  • René Rohrbeck
  • Sebastian Knab, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany
Sustainability innovations are characterized by a systemic nature, which can only be developed if multiple firms work together. To jointly identify opportunities and plan such sustainability innovations, new methods and approaches are needed. In this article we describe a case study conducted in the German energy market, where business modeling has been used in a collaborative fashion. After describing this collaborative business modeling (CBM) approach, we discuss its strengths and limitations and compare it to the alternative methods of innovation planning: scenario technique and roadmapping. We find that it has its particular strengths in creating a multitude of ideas and solutions, overcoming the obstacle of different terminologies and facilitating planning, implementation and decision-making. We conclude that in a situation where fundamental discussions and understanding about new markets are needed, CBM can contribute to explore a new business field with a holistic perspective.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the XXII ISPIM Conference: "Sustainability in Innovation: Innovation Management Challenges" 12-15 June, 2011 Hamburg, Germany
Number of pages16
Place of publicationHamburg, Germany
PublisherInternational Society for Professional Innovation Management
Publication year14 Jun 2011
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jun 2011
EventISPIM Annual Conference - Hamburg, Germany
Duration: 12 Jun 201116 Jun 2011


ConferenceISPIM Annual Conference

    Research areas

  • new business field exploration, collaborative innovation, front-end of innovation, busienss model development, sustainability innovation

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