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Can you copy business models and transfer them to successful

Logo GrouponParticularly on the web, we see a lot of copies of successful business models. How many clones are there of Groupon? How many competitors and incumbents wanted to copy Amazon in the late 1990s and failed? The core question is: Is it possible to copy a business model? In this post, I will elaborate on this topic.

During a recent interview for a bachelor thesis, I was asked: Under which circumstances is the transfer of a business model e.g. from a different country or from a competitor a useful strategy?

I must admit, I am skeptical about the outright transfer of business models from one firm to another. The reason is very simple. A business model is more than its technical components like your value chain, revenue model, your product etc. The business model also includes soft factors like the value proposition, your values and corporate culture or your core competencies. Remember the definition of core competency: core competencies have to be rare, difficult to copy and valuable.

Many strategists, VCs and purely analytical people think that it is easy to copy a business model. What they forget is that a business model is not just a technocratic combination of components, in fact, humans are involved with their values, cultures and hidden assumptions. You can copy the hard components, but the human aspect of a business model –values, culture, tacit knowledge – is difficult to copy.

Business Model transfer from Start-ups to Start-ups

The case is different for startups where the human aspect is not as developed as in more mature firms. To copy a business model that is not based on technology is easy. To copy a business model of a startup, whose uniqueness is based on proprietary technology is difficult.

Case: Business Model Innovation Groupon and its clones

An interesting case is Groupon and all its clones. Groupon is a deal-of-the-day website which allows consumers to shop for certain services or products for a large discount when a sufficient number of users sign up for the deal within a short window of time. The value proposition for the user is simple: Get great deals for a hefty discount.

The value proposition for the businesses that offer the deals is less obvious. Why would businesses give discounts of over 50%? Well, Groupon offers local small businesses a fresh way to generate leads for their business. Traditionally, this task “lead-generation” was offered by the Yellow Pages, classifieds or more recently, by Google Adwords. Now, there is a new way to achieve this task: a typical business model innovation.

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by reccomendations

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by notalllikethat

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by horizons

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by mahonia

My gut reaction is that you'll fail. You really need to put a lot of thought into it before you start. Have you ever seen anyone else do it successfully? Not that an original idea is a bad thing but usually successful business models are new twists on old successes. What kind of a market do you have? Are there enough people who would rent your space to justify the investment? If so try to sell some space before you start. Make some very conservative assumptions and run some spreadsheets to see if it works. Look at worst case scenarios. Sorry, but most people fail. Been there, done that. Can you survive if you do? If not then make another plan

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