What types of contribution are solicited

The types of acceptable submissions include, but are not limited to:
• Theoretical, conceptual, and empirical papers
• Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods research
• Experimental research
• Literature and practice reviews
• Single, multiple, large-sample case studies

We invite participants from various scholarly disciplines (e.g., management, entrepreneurship, innovation, environmental studies, organization studies, transition theory, change management, or policy studies) to address a broad variety of domains (e.g., energy, health, agriculture, food, finance, or retail) from a broad variety of perspectives (e.g., theoretical, conceptual, or empirical).

With this call for papers we invite authors to address, but not limit themselves to, the following research questions:

  • Generic questions
    • What can we learn from the domains of entrepreneurship, innovation, and transition studies for research on business models for sustainability?
    • Which tools are already available to develop, implement, and assess new business models for sustainability?
  •  Entrepreneurship
    • How can sustainable entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs contribute to the development of new business models for sustainability?
    • What factors make up a successful entrepreneurial ecosystem for developing sustainable business models? Which roles do networks play?
  • Transition
    • Which patterns of new business models do exist, and how can they contribute to the sustainability transitions of different industries and societal sectors?
    • Business model innovation from top-down or bottom-up – where to start for a societal transition towards sustainability? Which values and norms drive such innovation processes?
  • Innovation
    • How do policy and other institutional changes drive business model innovation for sustainability?
    • How can new business models support different kinds of sustainability innovation (e.g., new processes, products, or services)?

Contributions to NBM @ Berlin 2019 must be submitted to one of the proposed sessions.


Session 1 : “Business models for a circular economy’
Chairs: Jan Jonker, Niels Faber, and Abhishek Agarwal read more

Session 2: “New business models, sustainable development, and corporate strategic management”
Chairs: Romana Rauter, Yuliya Snihur, and Christian Nielsen read more

Session 3: “Social Entrepreneurship as a transformative force towards sustainability
Chairs: Nikolay Dentchev, Philippe Eiselein, and Abel Diaz Gonzalez read more

Session 4: “Circular communication in a circular economy: how social media communication shapes sustainable business models”
Chairs: Deike Schulz and Niels Faber read more

Session 5: “New business models for sustainable entrepreneurship”
Chairs: René Mauer, Matthew Johnson, and Stefan Schaltegger read more

Session 6: “Open Innovation Enabled by Emerging Technologies: What are the Implications for New Business Models?”
Chairs: Maya Hoveskog, Emma Incze, Fawzi Halila, Markus Raatikainen, Stephen Davies, and Antony Upward read more

Session 7: “New business models for sustainability transition”
Chairs: Jan Jonker read more

Session 8: “Insights on business models from young academics”
Chairs: Ana Paula Barquet and Martina Zimek read more

Session 9a: “Practitioner session: The Smart Business Modeler – Using Business Model Patterns”
Chair: René Bohnsack read more

Session 9b: “Practitioner session: Climbing Mount Thriveability”
Chair: Ralph Thurm – Reporting 3.0 read more