Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers Paperback – Jul 13 2010
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an impressively comprehensive compendium of many of the most current ideas concerning the structure and development of businesses.' (Anglohigher.com, May 2011).
... this handbook is likely to prove an excellent help for evaluating business models . (Anatello.com, July 2011).
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You're holding a handbook for visionaries, game changers, and challengers striving to defy outmoded business models and design tomorrow's enterprises. It's a book for the business model generation.
Disruptive new business models are emblematic of our generation. Yet they remain poorly understood, even as they transform competitive landscapes across industries. Business Model Generation offers you powerful, simple, tested tools for understanding, designing, reworking, and implementing business models.
Business Model Generation is a practical, inspiring handbook for anyone striving to improve a business model - or craft a new one.
CHANGE THE WAY YOU THINK ABOUT BUSINESS MODELS
Business Model Generation will teach you powerful and practical innovation techniques used today by leading companies worldwide. You will learn how to systematically understand, design, and implement a new business model — or analyze and renovate an old one.
CO-CREATED BY 470 STRATEGY PRACTITIONERS
Business Model Generation practices what it preaches. Coauthored by 470 Business Model Canvas practitioners from forty-five countries, the book was financed and produced independently of the traditional publishing industry. It features a tightly integrated, visual, lie-flat design that enables immediate hands-on use.
DESIGNED FOR DOERS
Business Model Generation is for those ready to abandon outmoded thinking and embrace new, innovative models of value creation: executives, consultants, entrepreneurs — and leaders of all organizations.See all Product Description
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What I discovered was 1/5th of the book explained how to fill in the blanks and 2/5ths explained the merits of story telling, using illustrations, what is prototyping, the importance of designers. The last 2/5ths focused on how famous management tools like Porter's Five Forces or concepts like Freemium can be represented using the business model. As such, I found 3/5ths of it useful.
As a critique on the Business Model Canvas itself, I felt it should be flipped horizontally for western cultures (reading from left to right, start with customer segments instead of key partnerships).
I'm a big fan of Value Network Analysis. A key component with VNA is linking the deliverable (value proposition) via transaction (channel and customer relationship) to the role (customer segment). Furthering this, there logically flows a linking of these to key activities and then key resources which determine the cost structure. The book fails, in my opinion, to adequately offer techniques for linking. I see that some practitioners of the Business Model Canvas have come over this by using colours, attaching string, drawing arrows, etc... to demonstrate linkages.Read more ›
You've probably heard the old saying that a picture is worth a 1,000 words. Well, this book has more illustrations, sketches, design flourishes, and graphic displays in it than pages so you can probably imagine how much content it covers. In addition to sharing ideas about business model generation, you'll learn about business strategy, change processes, story telling, design, and creativity . . . among other subjects covered in a few paragraphs or pages. If you haven't read many of the books about business innovation that have come out in the last ten years, you can just use this one to get a brief summary of the key ideas in each of those areas. So your cost per subject is almost nothing. What a bargain!
If you get bored easily, you will like this book. It covers most subjects in almost no space. By using small type, a lot of information is concentrated onto just a few pages.
A lot of my graduate business students tell me that they like books that teach them a lot of the technical terms that business people use. Business Model Generation is excellent for that purpose. It's jammed full of C-level business jargon and lots of flow diagrams of the sort that technology managers and engineers love to use.
So, what is a business model? "A business model describes the rationale of how an organization creates, delivers, and captures value." Got that? "This concept can be a shared language that allows you to easily describe and manipulate business models to create new strategic alternatives."
If that isn't clear to you, the authors offer nine building blocks that give you the whole picture:
1. Customer Segments
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The book is full of real examples, as well as suggested creative exercises that can be used to lead a company through stratregic reflection.
I am a consultant and have used the contents of this book with a number of my clients already, with great success.
If you're new to business models and are looking for the fundamentals, this is a good book; it does show you the elements you need to consider. But if you're considering this book as a new way to look at business models, don't buy it. Yes, the illustrations are nice and they do a great job of design, but don't let that fool you -- there's nothing new here.
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Excellent! It's a visual way of explaining how a business plans to work at a glance. This book presents at least 100 ideas in a very appealing visual style. It's excellent!Published 20 days ago by Andrew F
Excellent book, I used this book to create a business model for business incubator program at my university and I was successful in getting into the program.Published 2 months ago by Francisco
I found the layout of the book to be very helpful, because I'm a visual learner.
Also, it provided me with adequate preview of detail for the course I'm currently taking in... Read more
Good book for the basics of creating a business model and plan.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer