Rethinking Business Models for Innovation, by Valérie Chanal, Professor in management, Grenoble University

Rethinking business models for innovation 

Valérie Chanal, experienced professor in management, and previously Umanlab research director, has recently published a great book “Rethinking business models for innovation” (free download) going through the relationship between successful innovation and creative business models. She tells us a few words about it.

One of the major challenges confronted by those in charge of  technological innovation involves anticipating the value creation model sufficiently early on, in a highly uncertain context both as far as the technology itself is concerned and the potential market.

Today, in many industrial sectors, the innovation boundaries have moved towards projects that are more and more exploratory and fuzzy. The simple optimisation of linear processes of  the “stage-gate” type is no longer sufficient to build sustainable competitive advantages.

The notion of Business Models, when applied to innovation, enables us to describe how a company creates value through innovation, generally within a business ecosystem, and how the value will be distributed between the actors involved. The authors of this book believe that the notions of Business Modelling and value creation are key to all the dimensions of successful innovation, whether technology, marketing, organisational or economically based.

“Rethinking Business Models for Innovation”: this title describes the relationship between thinking, modelling, and also field-testing. The book is based on a series of nine recent cases of innovation involving company managers, often assisted by researchers (the co-authors of each chapter), and how they built and formalised their Business Models and then tested their strategies. After having discovered the variety of the cases, the reader will understand that every innovation situation generates specific questions about Business Models.

However, we feel that we can identify three key issues that arise, more or less, in each of these projects. The chapters in this book build on these issues: the identification of sources of value and revenue models (the notion of value creation), the position of the company in the value-network or ecosystem (the sharing of value) and finally the evolution of Business Models over time (the sustainability and the competitiveness of the company).

The last chapter goes over all the contributions, exploring the notion of value in the Business Model approach.

Edited by Valérie Chanal, Professor in management, Grenoble University

Other publications by Valérie Chanal.

Contributors :

Valérie Chanal, Sigmund Akselsen, Sylvie Blanco, Marie-Laurence Caron-Fasan, Bernard Cartoux, Bérangère Deschamps, Markus Eurich, Jean-Marc Francony, Yukiko Fujimoto, Gilles Garel, Caroline Gauthier, Corine Genet, Jean-Luc Giannelloni, Meyer Haggège, Jean-Paul Laurencin, Olivier Lavoisy, Daniel Llerena, Vincent Mangematin, Romain Parent, Nathalie Quinette, Gilles Roehrich, Tristan Rousselle, Valérie Roux-Jallet, Valérie Sabatier, Dominique Socquet, Frédéric Touvard, Pal Ytterstad.

Business Model Canvas in a short nicely done video

One response to “Rethinking Business Models for Innovation, by Valérie Chanal, Professor in management, Grenoble University

  1. She has also written some great papers about crowdsourcing, especially the CrowdSpirit case (references below). Thanks for sharing the book link!
    Trompette, P., Chanal, V., & Pelissier, C. (2008). Crowdsourcing as a way to access external knowledge for innovation : Control , incentive and coordination in hybrid forms of innovation. 24th EGOS Colloquium (pp. 1-29). Amsterdam.
    Chanal, V., & Caron-Fasan, M.-L. (2010). The Difficulties Involved in Developing Business Models Open to Innovation Communities: The Case of a Crowdsourcing Platform. Management, 13(4), 318-340.

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