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Authors:
René Bohnsack (Universidade Catolica Portuguesa, Lisbon); Pico van Heemstra (Hogeschool van Amsterdam / HES)
Published in:
2016
Version:
12-Jul-2016
Revision date:
13-Jul-2016
Length:
24 pages
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Abstract

Cofely, a large international technical services provider, is observing important changes at the fringes of its industry. Two industries that have experienced pressure towards being more environmentally responsive in the past, the automotive industry and the energy industry, are converging due to the emergence of electric cars. The Dutch subsidiary of Cofely is therefore searching for new business models at the intersection of energy and e-Mobility. In the Netherlands, a front runner of sustainable mobility, firms and other stakeholders are increasingly identifying the essential role electric vehicles can have for a balanced and sustainable energy system in the future. This new industry at the intersection of energy and e-Mobility is developing at a fast rate, with innovative start-ups as well as existing firms establishing themselves across a new, not yet clearly defined, value chain. This value chain is highly integrated via ICT and stretches from energy production on the one end of the spectrum to mobility services on the other. Cofely wants to become pioneer in this new industry and particularly see how it can position itself with a new business model building on its core competences.

Topics

Business model innovation; Business model generation; Industry case studies; Energy industry; Electric cars; Automotive industry; Socio-technical approach; Mobility; Car sharing; Smart cities; Smart grid; Sustainability; Business model design; Value proposition; Industry creation

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2016 - oikos Case Writing Competition - second prize winner

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