Leveraging Global Sources of Knowledge for Business Model Innovation

Long Range Planning (2019), doi: 10.1016/j.lrp.2018.08.003, License: CC BY 4.0, open access

20 Pages Posted: 6 Jan 2021

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Stephan Von Delft

University of Glasgow

Sebastian Kortmann

University of Amsterdam Business School

Carsten Gelhard

University of Twente

Niccolò Pisani

IMD

Date Written: 2019

Abstract

This article explores the concept of leveraging global knowledge for business model innovation, whereby knowledge is transferred across space and firm boundaries for the reconfiguration of an incumbent firm's business model. Considering the implications of an ever-increasing fragmentation of global value chains and the associated dispersion of global knowledge sources, we propose that supply chain partners at foreign locations can provide valuable knowledge that incumbents can leverage to change their business model. Integrating insights from global supply chain, business model, and organizational learning literature, we theorize and empirically test how different organizational capabilities enable firms to acquire knowledge from foreign partners, integrate external with internal knowledge, transform knowledge through experimentation, and finally apply global knowledge in the form of business model innovation. We conclude with suggestions for future research.

Keywords: Business model, business model innovation, globalization, knowledge, international business

JEL Classification: M00, M1, M10, M11, M12, M16, M2, M2, M20, M21, F2, F23

Suggested Citation

Von Delft, Stephan and Kortmann, Sebastian and Gelhard, Carsten and Pisani, Niccolò, Leveraging Global Sources of Knowledge for Business Model Innovation (2019). Long Range Planning (2019), doi: 10.1016/j.lrp.2018.08.003, License: CC BY 4.0, open access, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3746994

Stephan Von Delft (Contact Author)

University of Glasgow ( email )

Adam Smith Business School
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Sebastian Kortmann

University of Amsterdam Business School ( email )

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Carsten Gelhard

University of Twente ( email )

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Niccolò Pisani

IMD ( email )

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