Central Components of Open Business Models. What Makes an Open Business Model Open?

24 Pages Posted: 8 Dec 2017

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Robin Tech

Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society

Hendrik Send

Humboldt Institut für Internet und Gesellschaft

Konstanze Neumann

Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society

Date Written: November 2017

Abstract

The literature review in this paper connects with reviews on business models in general and aims to further increase the level of depth and specificity of the notion of 'open' in open business models (OBM). Our starting point was the idea that an OBM "serves as an organising principle for structuring and coordinating various resources and functional units" that transcend a focal firm's boundaries through "interactive forms of value creation". By juxtaposing general and open business models, our analysis sheds light on new and open ways to (re-)combine individual business model components — such as customer relationships and key resources — and specifies what makes a component open against the backdrop of general business model components. We present five central topics that characterise the literature on OBM.

Keywords: open business model, openness, community, innovation

Suggested Citation

Tech, Robin and Send, Hendrik and Neumann, Konstanze, Central Components of Open Business Models. What Makes an Open Business Model Open? (November 2017). HIIG Discussion Paper Series No. 2017-08. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3083993

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Hendrik Send

Humboldt Institut für Internet und Gesellschaft ( email )

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Konstanze Neumann

Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society ( email )

Bebelplatz 1 | 10099
Berlin
Germany

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