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2019-04-09 - #079

Business Model "Chemistry" for Sustainability: Illustrations from Retail and Manufacturing cases

This month our speaker is Dr. Oliver Laasch Assistant Professor of Strategy at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China. Oliver is a long-standing contributor to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRiME) initiative. He edits the responsible management education book collection; has coordinated UN working groups; and founded the Center for Responsible Management Education (CRiME).

We became ware of Dr. Laasch's work via the New Business Models Conference series where many of our members meet and also share their work.  At the third International Conference on New Business Models in 2018 Dr. Laasch's paper  ‘How the leopards got their spots: A typology of corporate responsibility business models’ won the Annual Best Paper Cloverleaf Award.

In his presentation this month Dr. Laasch's will explore what is the nature and forms of existence of a business model? He uses the business model chemistry metaphor to explore how business models exist as the dynamics between artefacts, activities, and cognition - key areas of interest for our group's members!

As usual, we are meeting on the 2nd Tuesday of the month
  • Date: Tuesday, April 9th, 2019 
  • Time: 90 minutes starting  13h30 PST / 16h30 EST / 21h30 GMT / 22h30 CET / 05h30 JST (+1 day)

To join the meeting please see the virtual logistics posted to our LinkedIn Group in this post.

The slides presented plus a link to the unedited recording of this meeting will be available via our GoogleDrive in the folder for this months meeting. 

Anyone who joins the LinkedIn forum is considered a member of this group and is welcome to join at the meeting

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1q-SxEJwFmpYoO5rN1lrn4Mkxm2S8uuL_



To introduce his talk, Dr. Laasch describes his presentation with the following:


This talk connects with the Strongly Sustainable Business Model Group's research streams in two ways. It speaks to
the first SSBMGroup's research stream concerned with the relationship between leaders and business models,
particularly when leaders attempt to change the business model. It raises questions about how leaders’
mental models interact with business model artefacts and enacted activities. The talk also connects to
the SSBMGroup’s business model canvas (Upward & Jones, 2016) , a valuable expression of ontology
serving the pragmatic purpose of analyzing, creating, and changing business model. Business model
chemistry, however, provides an ontology in the philosophical sense, concerned with the nature of
being and existence: What is the nature and forms of existence of a business model? We use the
business model chemistry metaphor to propose and express a processual ontology (Boons & Laasch,
2019) , where business models exist as the dynamics between artefacts, activities, and cognition.

As Background, Dr. Laasch's biography states: 

Oliver is an Assistant Professor of Strategy at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China. He previously filled academic roles at the University of Manchester (UK), Steinbeis University Berlin (Germany), the Tecnologico de Monterrey (Mexico) and Seoul National University (South Korea). Oliver also holds a permanent visiting position at the University of Tübingen’s Global Ethic Institute and is a Governing Responsible Business Research Fellow at Copenhagen Business School. His research interest lies in alternative business models as well as in responsible management learning.

Oliver is a long-standing contributor to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative. He edits the responsible management education book collection; has coordinated UN working groups; and founded the Center for Responsible Management Education (CRME). Oliver serves on the editorial board of Academy of Management Learning and Education and has edited related special issues for the Journal of Business Ethics as well as for the Journal of Management Education.

Oliver’s lead-authored paper ‘How the leopards got their spots: A typology of corporate responsibility business models’ won the Annual Best Paper Cloverleaf Award at the third International Conference on New Business Models in 2018. In 2016, the paper ‘Income inequality: Value flow analysis, market narratives, and organizational practice’ co-authored by Oliver, won the best paper award of the Academy of Management Social Issues in Management Division. A workshop titled ‘Responsible Management Education in Action’, lead-organized by him won the 2015 best professional development workshop award of the Management Education and Development Division. His textbook ‘Principles of Responsible Management’ was reviewed and commended in Academy of Management Learning and Education in the same year.

Oliver has worked extensively as coach and consultant with dozens of companies and universities. Oliver also has designed and taught a variety of full courses on bachelor, master, PhD and executive education levels, including blended and massive open online courses such as the Coursera MOOC ‘Managing Responsibly’.

The link to the recording of the meeting will be posted as a comment to the Linkedin Post about this meeting, along with on-going discussion about the meeting by our members.  A copy of the recording will be stored in the GoogleDrive folder for this months meeting.

Attendance list is updated at the event to record attendance (if a location is not provided participant was F2F in Toronto)

  • Dr. Oliver Laasch, Assistant Professor of Strategy at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China
  • Antony Upward, SSBMG Co-founder, Convener Flourishing Enterprise Innovation Toolkit ProjectAdjunct Prof. OCAD University Faculty of Design, Adjunct Prof. Halmstad University Department of Innovation Management, Toronto ON
  • Nicole Norris, SSBMG Community Animator, OCADU MDes SFI Student/Georgian College, Centre for Changemaking and Social Innovation, Barrie ON
  • Morris Fedeli, USQ, Brisbane Australia
  • Douglas Worts, WV Consulting, Toronto
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