Applying IoT as a leverage for business model innovation and digital transformation

Annabeth Aagaard, Mirko Presser, Troels Christian Andersen

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New digital business models are disrupting established businesses and creating new ways of doing and understanding business. Consequently, companies are forced to identify new business models to ensure future growth and development, and digital transformation and digital technologies may be the key. Literature reveals clear research gaps in our understanding of how digital transformation impacts business model innovation and in understanding the role of individual digital technologies (e.g. Internet-of-Things, IoT) in developing new business models. Thus, the purpose of this paper is to understand how digital transformation and the application of IoT provide leverage to digital business models (DBM). Drawing on business models and digital transformation as theoretical lenses, we explore how digital transformation and IoT are applied as leverages for DBMs. The study identifies six pathways of how companies use IoT applications and devises in developing DBM. This paper contributes theoretically to digital transformation and business model literature in understanding the influence of IoT and digital transformation on digital business models. Furthermore, the study provides key challenges and implications for managers to consider in successful use of IoT in digital business development.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGlobal IoT Summit, GIoTS 2019 - Proceedings
Number of pages5
Publication date2019
Article number8766397
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-7281-2171-0
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventIEEE Global IoT Summit 2019 - Aarhus, Denmark
Duration: 17 Jun 201921 Jun 2019


ConferenceIEEE Global IoT Summit 2019


  • Business model innovation
  • Digital business models
  • Digital transformation
  • Digitalization
  • Internet-of-Things (IoT)


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