New Business Models for Collaborative Networks
Activity of collaborative networks, organisations and processes has accelerated in recent years. Simultaneously, a trend of collaborative platforms, marketplaces and peer communities is on the rise.
All this can be seen as a consequence of dynamic change in both market conditions and the way people work, interact and use technology. A wide set of new challenges comes from new developments in information and communication technologies as well as paradigm shifts in the labour market. In fact, most of the current existing collaborative networks have emerged during the last years as a result of the rapidly evolving challenges faced by business entities and society in general.
General empiric knowledge related to collaborative networks is widely available. However, very few research studies or articles focus on their building foundations including strategy design and business modelling. There are only a few mentions in the reviewed sources that specifically relate to the concept of business models in collaborative networks. In fact, there is a limited number of mentions related to the potential of collaborative networks and their impact on the redefinitions of business models themselves.
In this paper a brief survey of the main characteristics of the collaborative network business model is presented, current baseline is discussed, and key principles for modelling are pointed out.
The research was funded by the International Visegrad Fund