Innovation of business models: strategies for organizational renewal in the era of the fourth industrial revolution

 

 

Principal Investigator
Wiedza
dr hab. Mariola Ciszewska – Mlinarič
Overall budget
Koszty
491 876 PLN
Project duration
01.06.2020 - 31.05.2023
Funded by
Koszty
National Centre for Science

Aim of the project

Our study will focus on understanding how environmental changes triggers strategic renewal of internationally oriented firms from Poland. In particular, we seek to understand the approach to and mechanisms of innovation (traditional and/or open) through which these firms actively seek ways to transform or substantially upgrade their business models to increase chances of long-term survival and international competitiveness. We adopt a contingency approach to understand which renewal journeys are most successful and why.

Due to the exploratory character of research questions, and the novelty of examined phenomena, we will adopt a mixed method design. The research process will follow sequential stages, starting with a critical literature review (Phase 1). In Phase 2, we will use a multiple qualitative case study method (12 Polish companies representing different industry settings, and of different size, though all internationalized, i.e. having FSTS>20%). In Phase 3, we will use the insights from the qualitative research to develop a questionnaire for a quantitative research (n=400). In Phase 4, we will integrate our research findings from both phases (2 and 3), and formulate a theoretical model explaining the strategic renewal process through business model innovation perspective. The synthesis of research findings will allow us to offer insightful implications for business, policy-makers, and theory.

Project impact

The proposed project will contribute to existing academic literature in two ways. First, it aims to analyse comprehensively the process of strategic renewal by drawing from related research streams. In doing so, the study will address the entirety of fundamental organizational transformation, by adopting business model Innovation framework. In particular, by investigating the relationship between (internal, external) triggering factors for strategic renewal, process of strategic renewal (its structure and adopted innovation model), its outcomes (in terms of content and form) and underlying logic (co-alignment vs. co-creation). Second, the proposed project will an in-depth insight into how both low-tech and high-tech firms search for strategic renewal through business model innovation, in the industry 4.0 era, by embracing not yet explored topic of new venture factory. Strategic renewal is equally important for SMEs as well as MNCs, but the current research on strategic renewal through business model innovation is largely dominated by samples embracing MNCs in high-tech sectors. Additionally, the proposed project will have several implications for management and policy decision-makers. Polish economy is largely dominated by firms operating in traditional and low-technology sectors, with relatively low value added, and Polish firms generally rank low in international innovativeness rankings (Cornell/Insead/WIPO, 2016). From the perspective of the entire Polish economy, there is therefore a need for improvement in this area, which the proposed study aims to address. Second, given that only 12.5% of all Polish companies are internationalized, and that majority of them are micro-exporters accounting for only few percentage of export value (Cieślik, 2019), studying strategic renewal of internationally oriented Polish companies will be of particular interest to both managers seeking to improve their firms’ international competitiveness. Third, firms originating from Poland have been able to transform their initial business models in the past 30 years to grasp the full potential of foreign markets. There is therefore a need to take a closer look at these peculiar strategies for renewal through business model innovation. It is expected that the results of the proposed project will be of particular interest to decision-makers, because prosperity of Polish firms and thus Polish economy depends also on implementation of effective support instruments.

 

Prof. Mariola Ciszewska-Mlinarič

Adiunkt w Katedrze Strategii ALK, wykładowca na studiach podyplomowych i doktoranckich, oraz na uczelniach zagranicznych we Francji (ESCCA), Austrii (MCI Innsbruck) i Słowenii (University of Ljubljana). Konsultant w obszarze doradztwa strategicznego (strategie wzrostu i wdrożenia zrównoważonej karty wyników), m.in. dla klientów z branży chemicznej i energetycznej (PGNiG/PGE, Degussa, Grupa AZOTY/ Zakłady Azotowe Kędzierzyn, Górnośląskie Przedsiębiorstwo Wodociągów), czy organizacji non-profit (Muzeum Łazienki Królewskie). Współzałożycielka IRRM, słoweńskiego Instytutu Badań i Rozwoju w Zarządzaniu. 
 

Od 2004 roku współpracuje z biznesem także w ramach projektów realizowanych przez studentów (m.in. Grupa Nowy Styl, Wielton, Gala, GERDA, Granna, Webankieta, Audioteka, Lechpol/Kruger&Matz). Od 2017 roku prowadzi projekty doradcze na studiach Koźmiński MBA. Jej zainteresowania badawcze obejmują problematykę strategii i procesu internacjonalizacji firm z gospodarek wschodzących, procesów podejmowania decyzji oraz roli dystansu w ekspansji zagranicznej. Kierownik grantu badawczego finansowanego przez Narodowe Centrum Nauki oraz uczestnik w międzynarodowym grancie koordynowanym przez China Europe International Business School. Autorka kilkudziesięciu publikacji z obszaru strategii i zarządzania międzynarodowego, w tym monografii „Strategia korporacji” (wraz z Krzysztofem Obłojem i Aleksandrą Wąsowską).