An introduction to business models

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A business model is a sustainable way of doing business. Here sustainability stresses the ambition to survive over time and create a successful, perhaps even profitable, entity in the long run. The reason for this apparent ambiguity around the concept of profitability is, of course, that business models apply to many different settings than the profit-oriented company. The application of business models is much broader and is a meaningful concept both in relation to public-sector administration, NGO’s, schools and universities and us, as individuals. Whether, in the case of the privately owned company, profits are retained by the shareholders or distributed in some degree to a broader mass of stakeholders is not the focus here. Rather, it is the point of this book to illustrate how one may go about conceptualizing, analyzing or communicating the business model of a company, organisation, or person!
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Basics of Business Models
Number of pages13
Publication date2014
ISBN (Electronic)978-87-403-0525-8
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Want to make your business sustainable?
Applying a business model can do just that. Using a business model is meaningful to different kinds of companies and organisations, including public-sector administration, NGO’s, schools and universities. Even individuals can benefit from it. This article illustrates how you can conceptualize, analyze or communicate the business model of a company, organisation, or person.

Udgivet: 2014


  • Business model
  • Sustainable business


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