The purpose of this paper is to explore the role of the digitalization phenomenon in the development of innovative business models that are sustainability-oriented. Thus, we aim to understand whether the presence of digitalization forces companies to create, capture, and deliver value in new ways, focused on their social impact. Through the analysis of a case study in the automotive sector, we provide evidence that both digitalization and sustainability need to be considered to adequately innovate business models. Moreover, these two dimensions are interrelated, and therefore digitalization sustains sustainability and vice versa. By inductively investigating the evolutionary path along which companies tend to adapt their business models to digitalization and sustainability trends, we found that this innovative transformation needs to be as sustainable as possible in order to offer benefits to organizations, customers, and society at large. Furthermore, we revealed that, at least in the automotive sector, companies and customers are aware of the remarkable consequences of digitalization; however, they are still uncertain regarding the actual adoption of new technologies. The literature on business model innovation is quite extensive. However, the role of digitalization in developing sustainable business models to achieve a competitive advantage has been overlooked. This study suggests that, within a specific context, forging a value network of stakeholders is helpful when innovating a business model with a sustainability orientatio

Can digitalization favour the emergence of innovative and sustainable business models? A Qualitative Exploration in the Automotive Sector / Acciarini, Chiara; Borelli, Fernando; Capo, Francesca; Cappa, Francesco; Sarrocco, Chiara. - In: JOURNAL OF STRATEGY AND MANAGEMENT. - ISSN 1755-425X. - 15:3(2022), pp. 335-352. [10.1108/JSMA-02-2021-0033]

Can digitalization favour the emergence of innovative and sustainable business models? A Qualitative Exploration in the Automotive Sector

Acciarini, Chiara
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Capo, Francesca;Cappa, Francesco;
2022

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to explore the role of the digitalization phenomenon in the development of innovative business models that are sustainability-oriented. Thus, we aim to understand whether the presence of digitalization forces companies to create, capture, and deliver value in new ways, focused on their social impact. Through the analysis of a case study in the automotive sector, we provide evidence that both digitalization and sustainability need to be considered to adequately innovate business models. Moreover, these two dimensions are interrelated, and therefore digitalization sustains sustainability and vice versa. By inductively investigating the evolutionary path along which companies tend to adapt their business models to digitalization and sustainability trends, we found that this innovative transformation needs to be as sustainable as possible in order to offer benefits to organizations, customers, and society at large. Furthermore, we revealed that, at least in the automotive sector, companies and customers are aware of the remarkable consequences of digitalization; however, they are still uncertain regarding the actual adoption of new technologies. The literature on business model innovation is quite extensive. However, the role of digitalization in developing sustainable business models to achieve a competitive advantage has been overlooked. This study suggests that, within a specific context, forging a value network of stakeholders is helpful when innovating a business model with a sustainability orientatio
Digitalization, Business model innovation, Sustainability, Stakeholder engagement, Corporate strategy
Can digitalization favour the emergence of innovative and sustainable business models? A Qualitative Exploration in the Automotive Sector / Acciarini, Chiara; Borelli, Fernando; Capo, Francesca; Cappa, Francesco; Sarrocco, Chiara. - In: JOURNAL OF STRATEGY AND MANAGEMENT. - ISSN 1755-425X. - 15:3(2022), pp. 335-352. [10.1108/JSMA-02-2021-0033]
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