Complementary Role of Website in Business Model Development

Complementary Role of Website in Business Model Development

Olli Kuivalainen (Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-154-4.ch010
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The aim of this chapter is to provide a holistic exploration of the development of the business model of a magazine Web site, and of the factors behind its success. The discussion is based on an explorative case study of a successful Finnish magazine publisher and its Web site. We use triangulated data (interviews, observation, statistical data, customer feedback, and newspaper articles) to describe and analyze the development of the Web site and the subsequent changes in the e-business model of the magazine from the Web site foundation in 1998 to the situation in fall 2004. Our case illustrates that a magazine’s Web site is linked to all of its functions (editorial, circulation, and advertising), and to the business-model elements that are vital to its success. We suggest that the discussion forums in question (one type of virtual community) benefited from the positive feedback that resulted in positive network effects, and led to the adoption of the service. Moreover, community activities have enhanced customer loyalty and added a more lifelike dimension to the magazine concept. As such, the Web site now complements rather than substitutes the print magazine. Interestingly, although it does not independently fulfill the requirements of a successful business model (cf. e.g., Magretta, 2002), it enhances the customer experience and adds new dimensions to the magazine’s business model.
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A Review Of The Literature On Business Models

For many companies the Internet has provided a platform for various business activities. It could be seen as a new market place, and in order to find out how to compete in such an arena many people have found the business model concept useful (Lumpkin & Dess, 2004). All the recent technological advances have brought about an extensive increase in choices and decisions that managers face in terms of business models, partly explaining the growing research interest in the field (Osterwalder 2004, 12). Business model concept has been widely discussed in both conceptual and qualitative papers, but also quantitative approaches evaluating the success factors of e-business models are emerging (see e.g. Albers and Clement, 2007).

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Preface
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Chapter 1
Keith F. Ward, Erik Rolland, Raymond A. Patterson
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Managing the Customer Relationship: A Framework for E-CRM Analysis
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Chapter 2
Soumaya Ben Letaifa
This chapter examines how e-CRM has affected both organizational and individual behavior in a leading Canadian bank. The innovative and... Sample PDF
A New Conceptual Framework for Greater Success with Integration of E-CRM
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Chapter 3
Tim Coltman
Most sectors of industry, commerce, and government have reported variation in the performance payoff from electronic customer relationship... Sample PDF
Managerial Discretion and E-CRM Performance
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Chapter 4
Patricia T. Warrington, Elizabeth Gangstad, Richard Feinberg, Ko de Ruyter
Multi-channel retailers that utilize an e-CRM approach stand to benefit in multiple arenas by providing targeted customer service as well as gaining... Sample PDF
Multi-Channel Retailing and Customer Satisfaction: Implications for E-CRM
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Chapter 5
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Not until very recently has mobile phone technology become sophisticated enough to allow more complex customized programs, which enable companies to... Sample PDF
Do Mobile CRM Services Appeal to Loyalty Program Customers?
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Chapter 6
Michael Shumanov
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Developing a Global CRM Strategy
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Chapter 7
John Gallaugher
This article synthesizes and leverages two strategic frameworks when analyzing the true nature of strategy and the Internet: (1) the concept of... Sample PDF
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Chapter 8
Savvas Papagiannidis
This chapter covers the concept of e-business models and how they relate to the music video and television environments. After identifying the value... Sample PDF
A Tale of E-Business Models: From the Music to the Television Industry
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Chapter 9
Kirill M. Yurov
Healthcare technology markets have been recently identified as potential investment targets. Having survived a major environmental shock, the... Sample PDF
Strategic Maneuvering in Healthcare Technology Markets: The Case of Emdeon Corporation
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Chapter 10
Olli Kuivalainen
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Complementary Role of Website in Business Model Development
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Chapter 11
Tobias Kollmann
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A Reverse Auction-Based E-Business Model for B2C Service Markets
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Chapter 12
Denis Caro
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Karl Knapp, Sushil K. Sharma, Kevin King
Offshore information technology (IT) outsourcing has been becoming mainstream alternative to inhouse operations. While offshore development is a... Sample PDF
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An Introduction to the Management and Protection of Intellectual Property Rights
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Tagelsir Mohamed Gasmelseid
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Intelligent Contracting: An E-Supply Chain Management Perspective
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Jaeki Song, Eric A. Walden
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The Applicability of Network Effect Theory to Low-Cost Adoption Decisions: An Investigation of Peer-to-Peer File Sharing Technologies
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An Empirical Analysis of Cellular Phone Users' Convenience Perception and Its Impact on Shopping Intention in Mobile Commerce
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Fang He
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