How a successful business model (BM) is designed is a key question in the business model innovation (BMI) literature. Delving on the shared concept of BM as a configuration of components and interdependencies, we take a cognitive perspective to study the conceptual combination as a central process in BMI. We investigate the complexity of conceiving a new BM configuration, through a longitudinal study of the emergence of “The Huffington Post” which combined newspaper and blog in a disruptive and successful BM. With our research we theoretically frame the dynamic interplay between the three cognitive mechanisms of conceptual combination and the system of interdependent components of an emerging BM. Our findings unveil how the overall process unfolds and specifically delves into the dynamic iteration of composing and experimenting with the new configuration until the overall coherence is reached. Hence, we advance the literature by showing how the conceptual combination of a new BM is a complex effort and comprises some iterative cycles, vital to reach a coherent configuration which could secure a superior performance

Configuring a new business model through conceptual combination: The rise of the Huffington Post / Bruni, Elena; Comacchio, Anna. - In: LONG RANGE PLANNING. - ISSN 1873-1872. - 56:1(2023), pp. 1-22. [10.1016/j.lrp.2022.102249]

Configuring a new business model through conceptual combination: The rise of the Huffington Post

Elena Bruni
Conceptualization
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2023

Abstract

How a successful business model (BM) is designed is a key question in the business model innovation (BMI) literature. Delving on the shared concept of BM as a configuration of components and interdependencies, we take a cognitive perspective to study the conceptual combination as a central process in BMI. We investigate the complexity of conceiving a new BM configuration, through a longitudinal study of the emergence of “The Huffington Post” which combined newspaper and blog in a disruptive and successful BM. With our research we theoretically frame the dynamic interplay between the three cognitive mechanisms of conceptual combination and the system of interdependent components of an emerging BM. Our findings unveil how the overall process unfolds and specifically delves into the dynamic iteration of composing and experimenting with the new configuration until the overall coherence is reached. Hence, we advance the literature by showing how the conceptual combination of a new BM is a complex effort and comprises some iterative cycles, vital to reach a coherent configuration which could secure a superior performance
2023
Business model innovation, Configurational approach, Cognition, Conceptual combination, New venture
Configuring a new business model through conceptual combination: The rise of the Huffington Post / Bruni, Elena; Comacchio, Anna. - In: LONG RANGE PLANNING. - ISSN 1873-1872. - 56:1(2023), pp. 1-22. [10.1016/j.lrp.2022.102249]
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