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CALL FOR PAPERS: Exploring a changing view on organizing value creation: Developing New Business Models.

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This call for paper encourages submissions from participants to the New Business Models Conference in Graz Universität, Austria on 20-23 June 2017 (http://new-business-models.uni-graz.at/en/). Although participation to the conference is recommended, it is not a precondition for publication. The main topic of the conference is related to the “changing view on value creation.” Value has often been considered in the strict economic sense, although its reach, depth, implications and meaning spans also over social and environmental contexts. These latter perspectives have received increased attention in recent years, leading to new, multi-value propositions. Multi-value propositions, in turn, deliver outcomes on current challenging socio-environmental issues. In most cases, for multi-value propositions to work, new forms of organizations see the daylight, which implies the rise of New Business Models (NBM). NBM challenge our understanding of existing business models, and drive us to dealing with multiple value creation processes, compared to their predecessors.
Journal Accountancy & Bedrijfskunde
CALL FOR PAPERS
Exploring a changing view on organizing value creation:
Developing New Business Models.
Guest Editors
Nikolay Dentchev a, b, Philippe Eiselein a, Abel Gonzalez Diaz a, Jan Jonkerc
a Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
b KULeuven , Belgium
c Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands
1. Background
This call for paper encourages submissions from participants to the New Business Models Conference in
Graz Universität, Austria on 20-23 June 2017 (http://new-business-models.uni-graz.at/en/). Although
participation to the conference is recommended, it is not a precondition for publication. The main topic of
the conference is related to the “changing view on value creation.” Value has often been considered in the
strict economic sense, although its reach, depth, implications and meaning spans also over social and
environmental contexts. These latter perspectives have received increased attention in recent years, leading
to new, multi-value propositions. Multi-value propositions, in turn, deliver outcomes on current challenging
socio-environmental issues. In most cases, for multi-value propositions to work, new forms of organizations
see the daylight, which implies the rise of New Business Models (NBM). NBM challenge our
understanding of existing business models, and drive us to dealing with multiple value creation processes,
compared to their predecessors.
Examples of such NBMs are coming from social entrepreneurs’ organizations and efforts. These
entrepreneurs incorporate a clear social mission to alleviate a currently-left-undealt-with social problems,
whilst pursuing entrepreneurial efforts in the classical sense, i.e. pursuing economic objectives. Social
entrepreneurial business models are often very complex, due to not only their specific mission, but also by
the fact that these deal with problems others cannot solve, in settings others cannot survive in. Whilst the
rising social and environmental needs for such alternative ways is unfortunate, it creates a changing view on
what value really constitutes, and does indirectly entails a more elaborate and mature generation of business
models.
2. Types of contributions solicited
For this issue, we welcome papers with a strong practical insight. Papers might come from both
practitioners and/or academics, and need to contain practical implications. Further, we solicit papers from a
broad variety of methodologies (e.g. literature review, qualitative and quantitative research mentods), as
well as a broad variety of disciplines (e.g. entrepreneurship, environmental studies, management, etc.). Both
conceptual and empirical papers are welcome for this issues (case studies, interviews, opinion pieces, etc.).
Papers coming from all various topics of the Graz Conference are welcome.
3. Themes on New Business Models
The Conference on New Business Models covers a rather broad array of session themes, such as
Organising Business Models for the Circular Economy
New Business Models, Sustainable Development and Corporate Strategic Management
Managing Sustainability-Oriented Business Models: Frameworks, Tools, and Cases
Business Models for Social Entrepreneurship
Business Models in the Age of Digitalisation
Circular Economy: What’s Society Got to Do with It?
Crafting Regional Business Models
Insights on Business Models from Young Academics
When business models have to be explained in corporate reporting
Scholars and practitioners should elaborate and contribute, but not limit themselves, to the following
research questions:
What are the barriers to the introduction and implementation of NBMs, both in already-established
firms as well as in newly-founded businesses?
What are the similarities and differences between ‘conventional’ business models that have the
primary objective of profit generation and the so-called ‘new’ business models that have the main
objective of value creation and are based on different normative principles?
What are the mechanisms that drive successful NBMs? What are the identifiable success factors of
already-established, scaled-up NBMs that could be also transferred to other contexts or other types of
organizations?
What are potential motivations and incentives for various constituents to become part of such new
ways of value creation and value sharing?
How can already established NBMs be scaled-up? Which types of supporting mechanisms are needed
in order to support scaling-up-processes that have the purpose of generating long-lasting effects and
impacts?
How can NBMs be protected in niches to provide them with time and space for their development?
How are NBMs both solving and (potentially) creating new issues in the context of Sustainable
Development?
How should new governance forms and strategies for business models be explored and developed to
reflect alternative normative and subjective values, particularly in inter-organizational, regional or
even national or international contexts?
This list of themes and research questions is not exhaustive, although the call for papers follows the
theme of the conference in a fitting manner.
4. Deadlines
Please keep in mind the following timeline of this SI:
Conference 20-23 June 2017
Extended abstract 1 July 2017
Full paper 1 October 2017
Publication August 2018
We invite authors to submit their intention for contribution by means of an extended abstract of
approximatively 1200 words, no later than 1 July 2017 to the corresponding guest editor
Philippe.Eiselein@vub.ac.be. After providing comments to the abstracts, we will expect full papers
submission by 1 October 2017. We warmly encourage participants of the Second International Conference
on New Business Models to submit their work, although participation to the conference is not required for
submission. Papers submitted will be subject to review process, and after revision selected papers will be
published in Accountacy & Bedrijfskunde (a practitioner oriented journal, based in Belgium).
We are looking forward to receiving your contribution!
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