Call for contributions

New Business Models Impacting Transition

Driving sustainable transition: people, business, society

Sustainable. Circular. Inclusive.


Submission guidelines Nijmegen

Authors are invited to submit their extended paper abstracts of 700-1200 words, short papers of approx. 2500 words, or full papers of up to 6,000 words (each excluding references) by 1st March 2020 through the registration and submission link  by selecting the session of their preference. Accepted contributions must be revised and resubmitted until 1st of May 2020. All accepted and timely submitted contributions will be referenced in the conference proceedings, using a 250-word summary, respectively abstract in the case of full papers. Contributions must be submitted to one of the proposed sessions. Information about the sessions can be found in the call for contributions section


First overview of themes and their tracks

The conference is organized around three main themes, namely the influences of NBMs on (1) societal transitions, (2) organisational transformations, and (3) organisational impact. These themes have been chosen to demarcate the beginning of a new era for the NBM conference series, and will be the focus for the next five years. In each theme, various tracks shape the discussion in more detail. In each track there is room for 4 tot 5 presentations. We suggest the following tracks within the themes. This is subject to change.

Theme 1: Societal transition (societal and economic level)
Theme coordinator: Niels Faber
Business models may be seen as instrumental to the transition of society and the economy. The idea is that changes at meso and micro levels, when gaining sufficient momentum, may result in large scale changes in widely accepted and practiced behaviour and institutional adaptations to accommodate this. The aim is to increase the understanding of the dynamics through which new business models instigate changes towards a society that builds on sustainability, circularity, and inclusivity. Read more

Theme 2: Organisational transformation (sectoral and organisational
Theme coordinator: Sjors Witjes
On route towards a new business model, sectors and organisations are confronted with questions on what this means for their current organisational systems and what needs to be done to realise this. Theme two aims to understand the issues that arise at sectoral and organisational levels when adopting NBMs. The focus thus lies on the topic of organisational transformation towards the adoption of NBMs. Read more

Theme 3: Organisational
Theme coordinators: Florian Lüdeke-Freund & Tobias Froese
At the heart of business models lies its value proposition. Sustainable business models distinguish themselves by building on the principle of multiple value creation. The underlying idea is that new business models are able to affect not just their own operations, but render positive ecological and social impacts also outside of the organizational boundaries, and doing so economically. The extent to which these impacts are realized when adopting NBMs is often unclear. The aim of theme three aims is to further clarify the impacts of adopting NBMs. Read more

Theme 4: Young Academics
Theme coordinator: Romana Rauter

Theme 4 is a transversal theme, intended to offer a stage for young academics to present their work. The theme is open to students at Master level and PhD students in their first or second year. Submissions may address any of the topics in the various tracks of the three main themes. Within each theme, dedicated sessions are open to young academics.

Theme 5: NWO Sustainable Business Models
The eight NWO programmes on Sustainable Business Models presents their work in separate tracks. Each of the eight tracks results in a separate session, each hosting 3 tot 4 presentations. Read more

Theme 6: TNO Circular Business
TNO initiatives have their own separate set of tracks of which TNO are responsible of the coordination and chairing. Read more