The Impact of Digitalization on Business Models

A1 Journal article (refereed)


Internal Authors/Editors


Publication Details

List of Authors: Harry Bouwman, Shahrokh Nikou, Francisco J. Molina-Castillo, Mark de Reuver
Publication year: 2018
Journal: Digital Policy, Regulation and Governance
Volume number: 20
Issue number: 2
Start page: 105
End page: 124


Abstract

Purpose – This paper aims to explore how digital technologies have forced small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to reconsider and experiment with their business models (BMs) and how this contributes to their innovativeness and performance.

Design/methodology/approach – An empirical study has been conducted on 338 European SMEs actively using social media and big data to innovate their BMs. Four in-depth case studies of companies involved in BM innovation have also been carried out.

Findings – Findings show that the use of social media and big data in BMI is mainly driven by strategic and innovation-related internal motives. External technology turbulence plays a role too. BMI driven by social media and big data has a positive impact on business performance. Analysis of the case studies shows that BM is driven by big data rather than by social media.

Research limitations/implications – Research into big data- and social media-driven BMs needs more insight into how components are affected and how SMEs are experimenting with adjusting their BMs, specifically in terms of human and organizational factors.

Practical implications – Findings of this study can be used by managers and top-level executives to better understand how firms experiment with BMI, what affects business model components and how implementation might affect BMI performance.

Originality/value – This paper is one of the first research contributions to analyse the impact of digitalization, specifically the impact of social media and big data on a large number of European SMEs.

Keywords Business model, Business model innovation, Social media, Big data, Digitalization


Keywords

Big data, Business model, Business model innovation, digitalization, Social Media

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