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Municipal innovation support and business model influence – The case of municipal innovation platforms.

Conference contribution
Authors Jon Williamsson
Anders Sandoff
Christian Jensen
Published in Business Model Conference, Venice, Italy
Publication year 2017
Published at Department of Business Administration, Management & Organisation
Department of Business Administration, Industrial and Financial Management & Logistics
Language en
Keywords Business model innovation, innovation platforms, innovation policy
Subject categories Business Administration


This study explores how municipal innovation support structures, called innovation platforms, function in relation to business development and what potential there is for innovation platforms to influence business models. The study followed four innovation platforms over a period of two and a half year and is based on interviews with platform stakeholders. The results indicate that the platforms work with norm setting to filter and influence the business model innovation of platform clients. More exactly the platforms rely on the use of formal and informal tools and activities to directly and indirectly support and select between clients. The results from the study also indicates a directionality in the support of particular clients based on their characteristics. Clients with established business models, i.e. incumbent firms, were comfortable with the more formal and direct support and gradually moved towards less formal and indirect support in order to interact with clients with potential solutions to their challenges and with a higher degree of flexibility in relation to the configuration of their business models. From the more informal and indirect side clients that suited the platform themes would be approached by platform staff and guided by platform material towards more formal ways of support. The study highlights the need for further research into the influence of open innovation structures on business model innovation for both incumbents and new ventures.

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