Christina Bidmon

Christina Bidmon
Utrecht University | UU · Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development

PhD

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Introduction
I am an Assistant Professor at the Copernicus Institute for Sustainable Development at Utrecht University. My research interests lie at the interface between business model innovation, sustainability transitions, corporate strategy, and digital entrepreneurship.
Additional affiliations
April 2014 - April 2015
LEAD | Mercator Capacity Building Center for Leadership & Advocacy
Position
  • Research Assistant (part-time)
Education
October 2011 - April 2014
University of Hamburg
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Publications (23)
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Digital technologies contribute to more sustainable development – but also create unintended consequences. This was an underlying theme throughout all papers in our special issue “Sustainability in the Digital Age”, edited by Christina Bidmon, Jonatan Pinkse and myself. Whether it is social media sharing, using big data, or IoT technologies for sus...
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With this brief introductory paper, we pursue three main objectives: (i) to provide an overview of the content of the 19 papers included in the entire special issue, (ii) to reflect on commonalities and ‘success criteria’ becoming apparent across the approaches authors present, and (iii) to present the seven papers included in Volume 2. http://jour...
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Excel-spreadsheet (German/English) for an automated calculation. Uses macros.
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How a firm monetises the value it creates is one of the essential questions a business model needs to answer. Yet questions about the “profit formula" behind a business idea are often the hard to answer for students and entrepreneurs alike. We developed the Business Coaster as a simple, non-threatening and playful way to engage with numbers in busi...
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Whereas research acknowledges the potential of business model innovation (BMI) to destabilize an existing regime, the impact of a socio-technical system in transition on BMI remains under-conceptualized. To advance work in this direction, this study expands the concept of a business model design space (BMDS), which describes the opportunities and c...
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Given that entire industries face sustainability challenges, it is important to understand the dynamics that lead “firms‐in‐an‐industry” to engage in sustainable product innovation. To provide more insight into the question of how innovation activities spread from individual firm action to an industry‐wide engagement, this paper examines the automo...
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Individual ambidexterity is an important micro-foundation of organizational ambidexterity. However, switching back-and-forth between exploration and exploitation can be challenging for individuals. Prior research has mostly focused on bottom-up approaches to stimulating individual ambidexterity, yet many organizations are characterized by greater t...
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We discuss our lessons from 8 years of teaching business model innovation to executives in our part-time MBA program. We examine how strategic foresight tools are particularly useful to help students to overcome cognitive bounds that inhibit business model innovation and discuss the considerations of using student-owned live cases.
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Following recent calls from sustainable business model and transition research, we establish the link between both fields. We systematically integrate existing knowledge on business models into the well-established multi-level perspective on socio-technical transitions and identify three roles of business models and their respective impact on trans...
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Following recent calls from sustainable business model and transition research, we establish a link between these two fields. We systematically integrate existing knowledge on business models into the well-established multi-level perspective on socio-technical transitions and identify three roles of business models and their respective impact on tr...
Conference Paper
We explore how the concept of a business model can inform studies that seek to advance our understanding of the role of organizations in sustainability transitions. We argue that the business model constitutes a promising unit of analysis to connect management and transition research that allows linking organizational and systemic levels. However,...
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Digitale Transformation, neue Technologien, gesellschaftlicher Wandel - viele gestandene Unternehmen stehen unter Veränderungsdruck. Für sie gelten Start-ups oft als Innbegriff guten Unternehmertuns, spielerisch scheinen sie mit Spannungen zwischen Weitsicht und Fokus, Kreativität und Struktur umzugehen. Doch was steckt hinter diesem Mythos?
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Thoughtful analysis on the impact that digitalization and the rapid pace of change are having on current leadership practices based on 31 interviews with decision-makers. The report, which is part of the LEAD Research Series, was prepared in cooperation with the School of Public Policy at Central European University, company companions, and the Cen...
Conference Paper
This paper explores the role of business models for socio-technical transitions, i.e. large-scale changes in the way societal functions are fulfilled. In a first conceptual attempt it integrates research on business models and research on transitions. Using the multi-level perspective on socio-technical transitions we show that business models can...

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It has been suggested that business model innovation is crucial for incumbent firms to drive and master sustainability transitions. However, there is not much knowledge about how business models and sustainability transitions interrelate and how firms innovate business models in a transition context. Business model research typically takes a firm-centric perspective, disregards the mutual influence between firms and the wider socio-economic system, and fails to consider the impact of a transition context on business model innovation. To address these shortcomings, I match particularities of transitions with research gaps articulated in the business model literature as a starting point of this cumulative dissertation. The five dissertation papers address these gaps, are theoretically informed by transition and strategic cognition theory and empirically situated in the German energy industry. Methodologically, this dissertation includes conceptual papers, action research and multiple longitudinal case studies. Overall, I find that in order to drive and master sustainability transitions, incumbents need to emphasize business model innovation with a focus on collaboration and support cognitive change within and across organizational boundaries. In this dissertation, insights from the transition and business model literature are conceptually integrated, a method for collaborative business model design is developed, applied and evaluated, and business model implementation is characterized as a multi-level process of cognitive change and alignment, and action. This dissertation primarily contributes to business model research; however, individual papers also offer secondary contributions to the transition and strategic cognition literatures.