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The Genesis and Metamorphosis of Imprints: How Business Model Innovation Evolves in Young Firms

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In this research, we ask whether founders imprint business model innovation and what mechanisms they use to do so. Grounded in an in- depth longitudinal multiple-case study of six new ventures, we develop a theoretical framework that explains how founders shape the degree of business model innovation of their firms. Our findings suggest that, besides their direct impact on structural business model imprints, founders also shape cognitive practices in their young firms that in turn affect business model innovation. Our emerging theoretical framework contributes theoretically to imprinting research by revealing an interaction between cognitive and structural imprints in organizations and by delineating the mechanisms of novelty imprinting. Our research also sharpens the theoretical understanding of business model innovation by highlighting the dynamics underlying its genesis and metamorphosis.
Bibliographic citation: Snihur, Yuliya; Zott, Christoph, "The Genesis and Metamorphosis of Imprints: How Business Model Innovation Evolves in Young Firms"

Reference: 10.5465/AMBPP.2018.15882abstract (DOI)
Date: 01/08/2018
Author(s): Snihur, Yuliya; Zott, Christoph
Document type: Proceeding
Languages: English