Constructing project business around professional identity: business model strategizing of architectural firms

  • Marina Bos -de Vos TU Delft, Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Kristina Lauche Radboud Universiteit
  • Leentje Volker TU Delft, Architecture and the Built Environment

Abstract

Creative professional service firms experience difficulties in establishing healthy and sustainable business models, as they must reconcile the often competing value systems upon which the models are based. They continuously negotiate between professional values and beliefs and the firm’s commercial goals, resulting in struggles between identity and strategy. Adopting a work lens, this study investigates the reciprocal tensions between identity and strategy in 17 business model design workshops with members of architectural firms. Observational data show that practitioners collaboratively construct their business models around professional values, thereby strengthening organizational identity, but constraining innovation in their business models. The research contributes to the body of literature on business model design processes by articulating how professional aspects of identity enable and constrain practitioners in shaping and being shaped by their strategic actions and decisions.

How to Cite
BOS -DE VOS, Marina; LAUCHE, Kristina; VOLKER, Leentje. Constructing project business around professional identity: business model strategizing of architectural firms. A+BE | Architecture and the Built Environment, [S.l.], n. 13, p. 135-160, dec. 2018. ISSN 2214-7233. Available at: <https://journals.open.tudelft.nl/index.php/abe/article/view/3559>. Date accessed: 14 nov. 2019. doi: https://doi.org/10.7480/abe.2018.13.3559.
Published
2018-12-20