Tag Archives: business model

Flybe and Beales illustrate the effect of market structure and sectoral dynamics

Two established British companies are threatened with  collapse this week – Flybe the regional airline and Beales the department store chain.  Both appear to have unsustainable business models given the sectors that they operate in. With regards low cost, regional … Continue reading

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Why Uber and Airbnb have same business model but different operating models

There’s an article on  bloomberg.com about how the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has made two rulings.  In 2017 it ruled that Uber was a taxi company (not a tech company).  Whereas  just a few days ago, the ECJ ruled that … Continue reading

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Developing an operating model within a business model

One of the things that management consulting firms do is to develop models of how businesses operate (e.g. McKinsey’s 7 S) so that they can apply these to any specific context that they come across.  Each firm has its own … Continue reading

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Teleported scooters

Also on my visit to Bonn, I saw a load of scooters on pavements waiting to be hired for short trips across the city.  They can be located, unlocked, used and paid for via an app.  But there is a … Continue reading

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Does Uber explain when a business model is not a business model?

The term “business model” is in common parlance.  But the concept is actually quite difficult to define.  A dictionary definition is “a plan for the successful operation of a business, identifying sources of revenue, the intended customer base, products, and … Continue reading

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Research Insight: Business models and business continuity

This article by Niemimaa et al (2018) suggests that business continuity management (BCM) is too focused on day-to-day operations and their resilience.  However external threats (such as digital technologies, crowd sourcing and the sharing economy) may not only affect such … Continue reading

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5G – what does it mean for operations?

Yesterday, EE launched the first 5G network in some cities across the U.K.  Over the last few days, commentators and experts have been discussing this in the media. And to my mind, they have been fairly vague about its implications … Continue reading

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“The Duct Tape Guide to Digital Strategy”

Deloitte authors have published a new book called The Technology Fallacy.  For a quick insight into what this book is about visit this article on the Deloitte Insights website.  It looks in detail at the idea that digital technology can be used … Continue reading

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Recent startups that are growing fast

This week I am going to blog about some operations you may never have heard of.  This is because they are relatively recent startups – but they are growing fast.  Many of them will transform existing business models.  Look out … Continue reading

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Can “fast fashion” be part of the circular economy?

This piece from edie.net is interesting for two reasons.  First, it demonstrates how public policy may influence operations.  Second, it highlights how business models may have to change if they are to be part of the circular economy (blogged about … Continue reading

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