A1 Journal article (refereed), original research

What do we Know About Business Models in Software Companies? - A Systematic Mapping Study

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Publication Details
Authors: Vanhala Erno, Smolander Kari
Publication year: 2013
Language: English
Related Journal or Series Information: IADIS International Journal on Www/Internet
Volume number: 11
Issue number: 3
Start page: 89
End page: 102
JUFO-Level of this publication: 1
Open Access: Not an Open Access publication

The concept of business model has been mentioned in the scientific research from 1970 onwards. The weight of business model research has increased since mid 90's, especially after the burst of the dot-com bubble. Business model itself is positioned between business strategy and business processes concepts and it is an abstraction of firm's business logic. Business model describes firm's basic value propositions, revenue streams, customers and key resources. In this article we present a systematic mapping study of the research on software business models; how the concept is applied in literature and what kind of empirical studies have been conducted. We found out that the business model concept is not well-defined in the context of software business. The definitions of business models include varying relations to other similar concepts, like revenue model, business logic and business process. Another finding was that there is very little, if any, research done deep in the industry level to show how firms utilize business modeling and how they see the concept itself. These issues require further research.

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