Skip to main content

The Business Model Innovation Factory by Saul Kaplan (Book Review)

As a culture, we strive for personal transformation. Whether it's eating better and getting fit, redefining our professional value proposition through training and education, or simply trying to be kinder and gentler, we're constantly reinventing who we are and what we can do. We may not be successful all the time, or achieve breakthroughs like those featured on The Biggest Loser or facilitated by Tony Robbins, but millions of people successfully transform and reinvent themselves every year.

Unfortunately, the very organizations where we work generally do not do the same. As Saul Kaplan elaborates in The Business Model Innovation Factory, most organizations struggle to transform from their core, initial business models and tend to become stagnant and vulnerable to disruptive competitors.

The example Kaplan leads with is Blockbuster, which for a time owned the brick and mortar video and DVD rental space, until they were "netflixed" by a disruptive competitor (Netflix) with a radically new business model that challenged and eradicated Blockbuster's traditional model.

Just as individuals must continuously reinvent themselves, Kaplan urges organizations to nurture and try out alternate business models separate from their original models. Kaplan makes the point that this is different than invention and traditionally accepted innovation, which often amounts to introducing tweaks or improvements at the margins of traditional business models. Business model innovation means trying something different, developing a wholly new way to "create, deliver, and capture" value. Think Apple and how it invented the iTunes ecosystem to supplant traditional distribution channels for music.

In the third section of the book, Kapan recommends strategies for creating new business models. Here, the author cautions not to setup a business model to compete directly against a traditional model. Traditional models, vulnerable though they might be to disruption, are still often represented by people with vested interests and sufficient power to block alternative business models and maintain the status quo. The author cites the example of the auto industry which to date has kept at bay a system change to all electric cars. A better approach, Kaplan contends, is to develop new business models alongside existing models, in the adjacent possible, and to test those models in the real-world.

I've tried to capture the essence of The Business Model Innovation Factory, but there's much more in the text that will reward your reading investment, so I urge you to read the book.

You can read more about The Business Model Innovation Factory and read the introduction for free at http://bmif.businessinnovationfactory.com/.

Full disclosure: I know Saul Kaplan personally and have previously attended the BIF summit that he hosts. I also received a complimentary copy of the book. However, these comments and opinions are mine and were not reviewed, influenced, or impacted in any way by the author.

Comments










  1. Heya¡­my very first comment on your site. ,I have been reading your blog for a while and thought I would completely pop in and drop a friendly note. . It is great

    stuff indeed. I also wanted to ask..is there a way to subscribe to your site via email?














    Setup a Business

    ReplyDelete
  2. Whether you are planning to put your home on the market or make it more comfortable to live in, there is a lot to be gained from making home improvements. 3d Coat 4.9.19

    ReplyDelete
  3. Blogs on technology helps you stay updated in terms of the latest technology news, launch of gadgets, and many more. Subscribe to technology blogs and use information for your personal or professional use. buycheapcad.com

    ReplyDelete
  4. Are you thinking about starting a business in 2019, but don't know how or even where to begin? This article outlines the biggest obstacles to overcome, what you need to start your business, and what to do after year one! girls whatsapp mobile no

    ReplyDelete
  5. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Online shopping is going to blast. Nowadays retailers are adding in-store pickup, offer free shipping and experiment with social media. It is getting difficult to say who is pure internet retailer and who are bricks and mortar shops with online portals. All of them are reformulating how we will shop online in the future: via a mobile device, tablet computer, in store kiosk, etc. Waist Trainer

    ReplyDelete
  7. Any way I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you post again soon. I don’t think I could have put it better myself. 토토먹튀

    ReplyDelete
  8. you possess a great blog here! want to have invite posts on my small blog? 먹튀가드

    ReplyDelete
  9. Wohh exactly what I was looking for, regards for posting . 토토사이트먹튀

    ReplyDelete
  10. Very efficiently written article. It will be useful to anyone who employess it, as well as me. Keep up the good work – can’r wait to read more posts. 토토먹튀

    ReplyDelete
  11. I conceive this website has very wonderful indited content material posts . 안전놀이터검증

    ReplyDelete
  12. diet modification and colon detoxification can always prevent colon cancer,. 먹튀검증

    ReplyDelete
  13. The when I just read a blog, I really hope it doesnt disappoint me approximately this place. Get real, Yes, it was my choice to read, but I just thought youd have some thing intriguing to express. All I hear can be a couple of whining about something that you could fix if you werent too busy interested in attention. 먹튀

    ReplyDelete
  14. diet modification and colon detoxification can always prevent colon cancer,. Mega888 android and ios

    ReplyDelete
  15. Hmm it looks like your website ate my first comment (it was extremely long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I wrote and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog. I as well am an aspiring blog blogger but I’m still new to the whole thing. Do you have any tips and hints for rookie blog writers? I’d really appreciate it. 918kiss mega888 ios

    ReplyDelete
  16. Things i have seen in terms of computer memory is the fact there are technical specs such as SDRAM, DDR and many others, that must match the features of the motherboard. If the personal computer’s motherboard is fairly current while there are no operating-system issues, changing the memory literally takes under sixty minutes. It’s one of several easiest personal computer upgrade techniques one can picture. Thanks for giving your ideas. 파워볼사이트

    ReplyDelete
  17. I don’t usually comment but I gotta say thankyou for the post on this amazing one : D. 토토커뮤니티

    ReplyDelete
  18. I don’t usually comment but I gotta say thankyou for the post on this amazing one : D. 먹튀검증

    ReplyDelete
  19. "저는 귀하의 웹 사이트를 정상적으로 방문하고 있으며 우수한 사이트를 유지하기 위해 시간을 내 주셔서 감사합니다. 오랫동안 자주 방문 할 것입니다. 먹튀검증

    ReplyDelete
  20. A very awesome blog post. 토토사이트 We are really grateful for your blog post. combat, law enforcement You will find a lot of approaches after visiting your post. I was exactly searching for. Thanks for such post and please keep it up. Great work.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

2014 IBM Digital Experience Conference

In July, I will be presenting at the 2014 IBM Digital Experience Conference, an event focused on the latest technologies, best practices, and the business benefits of delivering great digital experiences. Below is the description for my session: Session:  BUS-S20 Date/Time:   Monday, July 21, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Successfully Enabling Enterprise Content Management, Cloud, Mobile, and Social Business at Superior Group Superior Group focuses on the agile delivery of people, process and project outsourcing solutions. Our session will detail how this organization accelerated its content management and social business needs by implementing a combination of content management, cloud, mobile, and collaboration solutions. Attend this session and you will have an opportunity to learn from Frank Gullo, Director of Digital and Mobile Strategy at Superior Group and IBM Social Business Insights blog contributor, on how a mid-sized organization transformed its digital capabilities a

The Chaneysville Incident by John Bradley

I read a lot of books, and sometimes even manage to comment about them here. More often that not, I enjoy most of the books I post about. This is probably because (admittedly) I look for books by authors I already know or that I have an inkling -- from word of mouth or reviews -- that I'll enjoy. Still, you never know when you're going to read a book that you really like or that makes others pale in comparison. The Chaneysville Incident is such a novel. I came to read The Chaneysville Incident after asking for suggestions for a big book for my long flights to and from Japan. One of my work colleagues suggested it, and though I'd never heard of it or author John Bradley, I decided to give it a try. I'm really glad I did. On the surface, the novel is a well-honed and affecting story of historian John Washington's attempt to discover what happened to thirteen runaway slaves in Chaneysville, Pennsylvania. The protagonist's efforts to reconstruct the past eleva

Configuring a Wireless HP Photosmart C4380

Updated on 2009-11-16: It's been over a year since I wrote this, and lot of people continue to find this page from Google, which leads me to believe that people are still having problems with their HP Photosmart C4380s. For the record, over a year later the workaround I detailed here is still working for me. If you have something to add that might help others, please feel free to add to the comments. The original post follows below. ##   So, we bought a wireless printer. After some initial back and forth, we settled on a wireless HP Photosmart C4380. I thought we did a fair bit of research before purchasing the product, but apparently not enough, as there were many issues and surprises that we discovered only after we setup the device. I'm posting this to relate the significant difficulties we encountered setting up the printer and post workarounds I've implemented for the benefits of others who might be considering this product or who may have already purchased it