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Digital Business Model, Digital Transformation, Digital Entrepreneurship: Is There A Sustainable “Digital”?

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Chair of Technology Management, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, 90762 Fürth, Germany
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Institute of Entrepreneurship & Innovation, University of Stuttgart, 70569 Stuttgart, Germany
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Mads Clausen Institute, University of Southern Denmark, 6400 Sønderborg, Denmark
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Sustainability 2020, 12(13), 5239; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12135239
Received: 12 April 2020 / Revised: 3 June 2020 / Accepted: 12 June 2020 / Published: 28 June 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Digital Business Models in Network Management)
Digitalization plays a major role in contributing towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Without transformation of existing businesses, both economic and environmental challenges of the future cannot be solved sustainably. However, there is much confusion on interrelationships and terms dealing with digitization or digitalization: Digital business model, digital transformation, digital entrepreneurship. How do these terms interrelate with and to digitalization, and how do they support firms to grow sustainably? To answer this question, we identified seven core digital-related terms based on a structured literature search within the management and economics domain, namely: Digital, Business Model, Digital Business Model, Digital Technology, Digital Innovation, Digital Transformation, and Digital Entrepreneurship. Thereafter, we analyzed prior literature for deriving a common understanding and definition as a basis for interrelations within a conceptual framework. Definitions were presented in a case study setup with twelve innovation and research and development (R&D) managers from various business units of a German high-tech company. Based on these insights, we propose a conceptual framework on how Digital Readiness, Digital Technology, and Digital Business Models might sustainably relate to Innovation, moderated by a Digital Transformation Process. With this approach, we aim to equip practitioners and researchers alike in handling and addressing change through digitalization sustainably. View Full-Text
Keywords: digitalization; business model; digital business model; digital technology; digital innovation; digital transformation; digital entrepreneurship; sustainable business model digitalization; business model; digital business model; digital technology; digital innovation; digital transformation; digital entrepreneurship; sustainable business model
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Bican, P.M.; Brem, A. Digital Business Model, Digital Transformation, Digital Entrepreneurship: Is There A Sustainable “Digital”? Sustainability 2020, 12, 5239. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12135239

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Bican PM, Brem A. Digital Business Model, Digital Transformation, Digital Entrepreneurship: Is There A Sustainable “Digital”? Sustainability. 2020; 12(13):5239. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12135239

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Bican, Peter M., and Alexander Brem. 2020. "Digital Business Model, Digital Transformation, Digital Entrepreneurship: Is There A Sustainable “Digital”?" Sustainability 12, no. 13: 5239. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12135239

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