Lost in the canvases: Managing uncertainty in lean global startups

Marcus Borseman, Stoyan Tanev, Michael Weiss, Erik Stavnsager Rasmussen

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The main objective of this paper is to suggest a dynamic double canvas approach to business model development that would reduce ambiguity during the adoption of a specific business model canvas by executive managers of technology-based lean global startups. We start with a conceptual analysis and continue with empirical research approach based on four technology-based startups, two in Denmark and two in Canada, in order to justify the need for managers to start with the lean canvas, suggested by Ash Maurya (2012), and then shift to the business model canvas, suggested by Osterwalder and Pigneur (2010). The logic of such shift was conceptualized by focusing on the key differences between the lean canvas (problem, customer segment, solution, value proposition, key metrics and unfair advantage) and business model canvas (key partners, value propositions, key activities, resources, customer relationships). The second contribution consists in examining the application of business model canvases to the context of lean global startups by emphasizing the importance of relationships with global partners, the adaptation of the value proposition to different global markets, and the activities and resources specific to a particular global market. The third contribution is to provide a comprehensive categorization of risk that could be used within the context of lean global startups. The findings would be relevant for entrepreneurship scholars, researchers focusing on business model innovation and entrepreneurs. It should help entrepreneurs to adopt a dynamic approach to business model development that would reflect the realities of their competitive business environment.
TitelThe Proceedings of The 2016 ISPIM Forum Boston : Charting The Future Of Innovation Management
Antal sider17
Publikationsdatomar. 2016
ISBN (Elektronisk)978-952-265-927-9
StatusUdgivet - mar. 2016
BegivenhedISPIM Innovation Forum: Charting the Future of Innovation Management - Hiltom Boston Back Bay Hotel, Boston, USA
Varighed: 13. mar. 201616. mar. 2016


KonferenceISPIM Innovation Forum
LokationHiltom Boston Back Bay Hotel

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Proceedings from the ISPIM Innovation Forum 2016: Charting The Future Of Innovation Management, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, March 13-16, 2016, ISBN 978-952-265-927-9.

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