Antecedents and Consequences of Business Model Innovation: The Role of Industry Structure

Florian Waldner, Marion Poetz, Christoph Grimpe, Markus Eurich

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    What makes firms innovate their business models? Why do they engage in innovating how they create, deliver, and capture value? And how does such innovation translate into innovation performance? Despite the importance of business model innovation for achieving competitive advantage, existing evidence seems to be confined to firm-level antecedents and pays little attention to the impact of industry structure. This study investigates how different stages of an industry’s life cycle and levels of industry competition affect firms’ business model innovation, and how such innovation translates into innovation performance. Based on a cross-industry sample of 1,242 Austrian firms, we introduce a unique measure for the degree of innovation in a firm’s business model. The results indicate that the degree of business model innovation is highest toward the beginning of an industry life cycle, that is, in the emergent stage. Competitive industry pressures turn out to be negatively related to the degree of business model innovation. Moreover, we find that the degree of a firm’s business model innovation, conditional on it having introduced a new product or process recently, positively influences innovation performance. Our findings contribute to the ongoing dialog on the role of industry structure in business model innovation, and provide implications for the management of business model innovation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationBusiness Models and Modelling
    EditorsCharles Baden-Fuller, Vincent Mangematin
    Number of pages40
    Place of PublicationBingley
    PublisherEmerald Group Publishing
    Publication date2015
    ISBN (Print)9781785604638
    ISBN (Electronic)9781785604621
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    SeriesAdvances in Strategic Management

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