Digital Business Models


Digitization in Business Models and Entrepreneurship, Special issue of Information Systems Journal; Deadline 31 Oct 2013

Information Systems Journal Special Issue on the “Digitization in Business Models and Entrepreneurship”

Deadline for submission: October 31, 2013

Rapid developments in information technology (IT) have fostered challenges and changes to existing firms and have provided new opportunities to IT-driven startups such as Google, Facebook or Soundcloud. These young and upcoming firms are driving innovation and changing the economic landscape by creating new industries and markets as well as changing the existing ones. These firms are creating new types of value for their customers, and thus are able to attract an increasing number of customers on a daily basis. However, despite these successes, they often struggle to create profitable business logics (e.g. Twitter). In this realm, the business model concept has rapidly been gaining attention in IS research (Al-Debei and Avison 2010; Bonaccorsi et al. 2006; Burkhart et al. 2011; Clemons 2009; Deodhar et al. 2012; Hedman and Kalling 2003) since it has the potential to understand current and emerging digitized and data-centric businesses and enables designing or understanding successful business logic (Amit and Zott 2001; Zott et al. 2011). Its relevance is emphasized in the research manifesto of Spohrer and Chesbrough (2006). They state that “any useful answers to ‘why companies and industries vary in their productivity’ or ‘why value migrates to different parts of the stack’ will invariably involve […] business models…” (Chesbrough and Spohrer 2006). This special issue is seeking to foster the discussion around the topic of business models and the contributions it might bring to the understanding of IT-driven entrepreneurship and the IS discipline. It thereby answers the call to deeply understand the “marriage” of IT and innovative new ventures (Del Giudice and Straub 2011).

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Submissions (max. 7000 words) are encouraged from all theoretical and methodological perspectives, and scholars from IS, strategic management, and related disciplines to this ongoing discussion. Topics of the workshop include but are not limited to:

  • Behavioral research on business models in IS contexts
  • The use of the business model concept by IT-driven startups
  • Development and evaluation of new business models in the era of social media, smartphones, and online services
  • Evaluation and simulation of new or existing business models
  • Industry-specific classification schemes of business models (e.g., social media business model types)
  • Interplay of different business model components and their configuration (e.g., internal vs external business models)
  • Development of tools and languages for the description and simulation of business models
  • Impacts of new developments in IT on business models
  • Innovation of business models through IT
  • Understanding the business model changes of software companies switching from on premise to cloud products and services
  • Interrelationships of ‘fit’ between IT, organization, business model, and performance
  • The decision and strategy making in IT startups
  • The impacts of management team IT education in entrepreneurial ventures
  • IT adoption in startups
  • Financing and Crowdfunding of IT startups

Important Dates

  • Full initial paper submission deadline: 31 October 2013
  • First review deadline: 31 January 2014
  • Revised paper submission deadline (if required): 31 March 2014
  • Second review deadline: 16 May 2014
  • Camera-ready paper submission deadline: 30 June 2014

Early submissions are welcome and will be put into the review process straightaway.

Types and Form of Submissions

Manuscripts should not normally exceed 7000 words and should be submitted online.

The final deadline for submissions is October 31, 2013. All submissions will be peer-reviewed according to the standards of the ISJ. The deadlines are fixed and no extensions will be possible. Submissions for the full papers must be made to the ISJ’s Manuscript Central Account:,

where you should select the Special Issue as the submission type.

Author guidelines are available at ‘author guidelines’ at

Special Issue Guest Editors

  • Eric Clemons (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Jonas Hedman (Copenhagen Business School)
  • Saonee Sarker (Washington State University)
  • Daniel Veit (University of Augsburg) – (Primary Contact)

Co-ordinating editor-in-chief: Philip Powell (Birkbeck, University of London)

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