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Business models as a tool of managing inter-organizational collaboration in the context of non-commercial goals

PhD project within the Industrial Doctoral School at Umeå University.

Ivan Riumkin investigates a business model concept is investigated through a systematic literature review with a following conceptual paper in order to advance the scope of the concept to the network level where collaboration between organizations is deemed to be crucial for achieving complex non/commercial goals such as sustainable development.

Head of project

Ivan Riumkin
Doctoral student

Project overview

Project period:

2017-07-15 2022-07-15

Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business, Economics and Statistics

Research area

Business administration

Project description

The concept of business model has been used widely by practitioners and has also been a subject of numerous research projects. While the usefulness of the concept has been proven by practice and research it has some limitations.

One important limitation is the concept’s preoccupation with focal firm activities and a lack of systemic perspective which may be necessary for achieving complex goals such as sustainable development. Thus, we focus on collaborative dimensions of the business model in order to advance our understanding on how the concept is/might be used on a network level.