7 Third stage business model research

Design frameworks and foundations for theory-building

The third stage of business model research is dominated by a special issue in Long Range Planning (Volume 43, Issues 2–3) that aims to clarify the links between the concept of business models and related fields (argued as missing in stage 1 research) but also outlines the contours for future theorizing in the field. In addition to these contributions, some literature reviews are carried out (Foss and Saebi, 2017; Lambert and Davidson, 2013; Massa et al., 2017; Schneider and Spieth, 2013) to take stock of the extant literature of the first and second stage, lay the foundations for theory-building and offer suggestions for future research. Moreover, within ...

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