Department of Management

One size does not fit all - understanding the front-end and back-ens of business model innovation

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Business model innovation is becoming a central research topic in management. However, a lack of a common understanding of the nature of the business model leads to disregarding its multifaceted structure when analyzing the business model innovation process. This article proposes a more detailed understanding of the business model innovation process by drawing on existing knowledge from new product development literature and examining the front-end and the back-end of business model innovation of three leading Danish newspapers. We studied how changes introduced during the development of digital news production and delivery have affected key components of these business models, namely value creation, proposition, delivery and capture in the period 2002–2011. Our findings suggest the need to distinguish between front-end and back-end business model innovation processes, and to recognize the importance of organizational learning when incumbents are faced with disruptive technologies.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Innovation Management
Number of pages34
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2013

    Research areas

  • Business model, business model innovation, innovation process, newspaper industry, new product development, online publication, disruptive technology, back-end innovation, front-end innovation

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