Leveraging global sources of knowledge for business model innovation

von Delft, S. , Kortmann, S., Gelhard, C. and Pisani, N. (2019) Leveraging global sources of knowledge for business model innovation. Long Range Planning, 52(5), 101848. (doi: 10.1016/j.lrp.2018.08.003)

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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 literatures, 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.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Business model innovation, organizational learning.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Von Delft, Dr Stephan
Authors: von Delft, S., Kortmann, S., Gelhard, C., and Pisani, N.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Journal Name:Long Range Planning
ISSN (Online):1873-1872
Published Online:03 September 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 The Authors
First Published:First published in Long Range Planning 52(5):101848
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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