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BUSINESS MODEL ROADMAPPING: A PRACTICAL APPROACH TO COME FROM AN EXISTING TO A DESIRED BUSINESS MODEL

Mark de Reuver (), Harry Bouwman () and Timber Haaker ()
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Mark de Reuver: Delft University of Technology, Julianalaan 135, 2628 BL Delft, The Netherlands
Harry Bouwman: Delft University of Technology, Julianalaan 135, 2628 BL Delft, The Netherlands;
Timber Haaker: Novay Capitool 15 7521 PL Enschede, The Netherlands

International Journal of Innovation Management (ijim), 2013, vol. 17, issue 01, 1-18

Abstract: Literature on business models deals extensively with how to design new business models, but hardly with how to make the transition from an existing to a newly designed business model. The transition to a new business model raises several practical and strategic issues, such as how to replace an existing value proposition with a new one, when to acquire new resources and capabilities, and when to start new partnerships. In this paper, we coin the term business model roadmapping as an approach to define the transition path from a current to a desired business model. We develop our approach based on core concepts from business model literature as well as technology roadmapping. The approach is illustrated using a simplified case study. We find that visualizing business model road maps elicits how operational actions and business model impacts are interrelated. The merits of business model roadmapping not only lie in defining a road map of actions and business model changes, but also in identifying and discussing trade-offs between strategic business model issues and operational activities. Especially if an organization still has to choose between different alternative business models, business model roadmapping may help to identify overlapping paths, path dependencies and points of no return.

Keywords: Business models; value networks; roadmapping; scenario analysis; business model innovation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
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