Business model in motion: Ferran Adrià's journey to the avant-garde

Silviya Svejenova Velikova

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(Presentation based on a paper by Svejenova, Planellas, and Vives) How do business models evolve? Recent studies have acknowledged the importance of business models in relation to strategy and innovation, examined their particularities in contexts, such as internet and the base of the pyramid, and put forward definitions and typologies. However, why and how business models evolve over time in talent-driven ventures remains underexplored. Using an in-depth case analysis of renowned Spanish chef Ferran Adrià, which draws on detailed observations, extensive interviews and a wealth of video and written sources, this study traces the evolution of his business model over a 25 year period. It reveals a multi-level cycle of business model evolution, set in motion by entrepreneurial creativity, alertness to opportunities and intent. These get realised through changes in activities, resources, and organizing (spatial and temporal coupling and decoupling of elements), which allow for the creation, slippage, and capturing of value. The latter may trigger further transformation in activities, resources, and organizing and modification of intent, thus initiating a new cycle of business model transformation. The study adds to the literature on business models by providing a dynamic, multi-level view, which brings together insights from Entrepreneurship, Strategy, and Organization Theory. Further, it extends the notions of business model, drive, value creation and value capture to the context of talent-driven ventures.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 23 Mar 2009
EventSIM Seminair Speaker Series, London 2009: Bussines model in motion: Ferran Adrià's journey to the avant-garde - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 23 Mar 2009 → …


ConferenceSIM Seminair Speaker Series, London 2009
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Period23/03/09 → …


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