Strategic management of business model transformation: lessons from Nokia

Jaakko Aspara (Department of Marketing and Management, School of Economics, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland)
Juha‐Antti Lamberg (Department of Industrial Management, University of Technology, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland)
Arjo Laukia (Department of Industrial Management, University of Technology, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland)
Henrikki Tikkanen (School of Economics, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland)

Management Decision

ISSN: 0025-1747

Publication date: 3 May 2011

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to offer a conceptualization of how and why corporate level strategic change may build on historical differentiation at business unit level.

Design/methodology/approach

Methodologically, an historical case study of Nokia Corporation's drastic business model transformation between the years 1987 and 1995 is reported.

Findings

The conceptual and historical work results in a process model of business model change, demonstrating how central business units feed strategic alternatives and capabilities to the corporate‐level transformation process.

Practical implications

The results highlight the importance of corporate level “market mechanisms' that allow promising strategic alternatives to emerge and select out inferior options. In this process, a key mechanism is the exchange of executives and cognitive mindsets between business units and corporate headquarters (CHQ).

Originality/value

The reported research offers an original contribution by showing the dynamic interplay of cognitive and organizational change processes, and highlighting the importance of building on existing capabilities and competencies despite the pressure to demonstrate strong turnaround activities.

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Citation

Aspara, J., Lamberg, J., Laukia, A. and Tikkanen, H. (2011), "Strategic management of business model transformation: lessons from Nokia", Management Decision, Vol. 49 No. 4, pp. 622-647. https://doi.org/10.1108/00251741111126521

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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