Transcending Organizational Boundaries: Exploring intra- and inter-organizational processes of business model innovation in a port authority

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    Abstract

    This thesis explores how processes of business model innovation can unfold
    in a port authority by transcending organizational boundaries through
    inter-organizational collaboration. The findings contribute to two fields of
    academic inquiry: the study of business model innovation and the study of
    how the roles of port authorities evolve. This contribution is made by combining
    the two fields, where the study of business model innovation is used
    as an analytical concept for understanding the evolution of port authorities,
    and where the study of port authorities is used as a contextual setting for
    elaborating the understanding of business model innovation processes.
    The findings are advanced based on real-time process studies and iterations
    of abductive and retroductive research cycles founded in a critical realist
    perspective. These research cycles have unfolded through real-time process
    studies by applying the engaged scholarship approach, thereby providing
    a methodological contribution to both port and business model research.
    Emphasizing the interplay of intra- and inter-organizational business model
    innovation, the thesis adds insight into the roles of port authorities, business
    model trends in port development, the interplay of macro, meso, and
    micro-levels in port development and business model innovation, and the
    concept of collaborative business model innovation.
    Original languageEnglish
    PublisherAalborg Universitetsforlag
    Number of pages237
    ISBN (Electronic)978-87-7210-067-8
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Sep 2017
    SeriesPh.d.-serien for Det Samfundsvidenskabelige Fakultet, Aalborg Universitet
    ISSN2246-1256

    Bibliographical note

    PhD supervisor:
    Associate Professor Allan Næs Gjerding, Aalborg University

    Assistant PhD supervisor:
    Professor Hans-Henrik Hvolby, Aalborg University

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