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The influence from networks on the development of business models

Timmerman, M. (2016) The influence from networks on the development of business models.

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Abstract:For university spin-offs changes in their organization can be very important in order to keep existing, especially in the business model which is the backbone of any organization. Furthermore a partner network is also very important in organizations like university spin-offs because they can be the missing link in order to continue growing. The current literature doesn’t provide many answers to the question if networks are influencing changes in business models. That’s why this research aims at identifying what the role of networks are in the development of business models. This is done by analyzing the business model and network of three university spin-offs. The findings are that the establishment of networks has a positive influence on the development of a business model, however some parts of the business model are more affected than others. Hence, the results are showing that this effect also positively influences the market success of university spin-offs. Additionally the results show that the biggest influence from the network is on the value proposition, key activities, key resources and the partner network itself in a business model. Lastly as implication university spin-offs should pay close attention to what influence networks can have on the development of their business model.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:International Business Administration BSc (50952)
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