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A review of business model research: what next for industrial marketing scholarship?

Philip Coombes (Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK)

Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing

ISSN: 0885-8624

Article publication date: 12 April 2022

Issue publication date: 22 January 2023




The purpose of this paper is to present the findings of a bibliometric analysis of the evolution and structure of business model research in industrial marketing scholarship during the period between 2011 and 2020 and to discuss potential directions for future empirical research.


Bibliometric methodologies are deployed to objectively evaluate the business model research that has made the most impact within industrial marketing scholarship as well as the prominent scholars and key topics driving the discipline at points in time.


The findings demonstrate the formative but increasing engagement that industrial marketing scholarship has had with business model literature and the limited but increasing degree that business models have influenced industrial marketing literature. Potential directions for the empirical development of business model literature are argued to lie in the areas of collaboration and coopetition by examining the notion of value within the relationships, interactions and/or networks evidenced in European seaports business models.

Research limitations/implications

Bibliometric analysis is retrospective in nature so developments in the literature appear only after some time has elapsed. Different keyword selection when formulating search strings for sampling may have brought some deviations in the analysis.


Research that investigates the link between business models and industrial marketing is still scarce. This paper is among the few that analyze objectively the evolution and structure of business model literature in industrial marketing scholarship from a longitudinal perspective with a particular emphasis on the period between 2011 and 2020.



Coombes, P. (2023), "A review of business model research: what next for industrial marketing scholarship?", Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing, Vol. 38 No. 3, pp. 520-532.



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