Business models and their relationship with marketing: A systematic literature review

Philip Coombes, John Nicholson

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The purpose of this paper is to identify the degree to which the marketing discipline has hitherto engaged with business model literature. The results of a systematic review of business model literature are presented and utilise both the citation counts and the h-index to objectively demonstrate the limited engagement that the marketing discipline has had with business model literature, and the limited degree that the discipline has influenced that literature. The key findings reveal a growing, but formative body of literature that, hitherto, has been dominated by non-marketing disciplines and which has only just begun to be addressed by present day marketing scholars. Using the most influential articles identified in the analysis, the paper concludes with a case for the empirical development of the business model concept with industrial marketing scholarship. Such development is argued to be grounded in the potential of open business models, co-created with multiple stakeholders in a supply chain and the end users of a value proposition.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)656-664
Number of pages9
JournalIndustrial Marketing Management
Issue number5
Early online date23 May 2013
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2013
Externally publishedYes


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