Business model change: Managerial roles and tactics in decision-making

Koen van den Oever, Xavier Martin

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We study the decision-making process behind business model change, focusing specifically on the tactics managers employ to gain support for such changes. We first argue for the prominent role of middle management in business model change, and second, we revisit the literature on issue selling and championing as they may apply to business model change decision-making. We subsequently analyze the case of a business model change initiative in the Dutch water authority sector, revealing two specific tactics that middle management employed to obtain top management’s agreement to business model change: leveraging external agreements and continuously informing top management. We discuss how these findings extend and in some ways suggest a rethink of the literature on organizational change. Finally, we describe the specificities of business model change that distinguish it from other types of change. In sum, this paper demonstrates the interest of research at the nexus of business models and organizational change.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Strategic Management
Subtitle of host publicationBusiness Models and Modelling
EditorsCharles Baden-Fuller, Vincent Mangematin
Place of PublicationBingley U.K.
ISBN (Electronic)9781785604621
ISBN (Print)9781785604638
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Business models
  • decision-making
  • organizational change
  • middle management
  • issue selling
  • championing


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