Projects

Nanotech Business Models

8 January 2012
Nanotech Business Models


NANOTECH BUSINESS MODELS

This relatively new area of my research portfolio is devoted to dig deep into the drivers of the emergence and affirmation of a handful of new nanotech business models in the global context, as follows to the on-going disintegration process of the nanotech value chain. Another related stream refers to the progressive inauguration of a convergence path between nanotech and biotech business models. 

KEY QUESTIONS
• What is a business model?
• What is a nanotech business model?
• What kind(s) of nanotech business models do we know?
• What kind(s) of nanotech business models can we detect?

THE OSTERWALDER-TEECE CONNECTION IN B-MODELS
• How is it possible to create, deliver and capture value in nanotech settings?
• How is it possible to entice nanotech customers to pay for value and convert their payments to economic profit?

TRADITIONAL NANOTECH BUSINESS MODELS

• Fab
• Fabless
• Fabless and Foundry: Integrated Devices Manufacturers (IDMs)

IDMs EXAMPLES:  
Texas Instruments, Cypress Semiconductor, Fujitsu Limited, Hitachi, Freescale Semiconductor Inc., Samsung, STMicroelectronics, Infineon, Toshiba, and Intel
 
EMERGING NANOTECH BUSINESS MODEL: THREE PIECES IN THE VALUE CHAIN
• “Fabless design house” - competences required: research, design and sales
• “Foundry service” - a service organization that caters to the “fab” or processing and manufacturing of silicon wafers
• “Assembly service”- deals with assembly tests
 
NEW AND EMERGING ACTORS IN THE NANOTECH ARENA
• Dedicated Venture Capital Investors
• Collaborative Nanotech Initiatives or Alliances
• Small Fabless Firms
• Virtual Fab

CALL TO ARMS: Open areas for research and practice
• Fine-grained comparative analyses of nanotech business models
• Comparative analysis of biotech and nanotech business models
• Detecting evolutionary path(s) to nanotech hybrid business models
• Nanotech business model portfolio
• Governance of nanotech business models
• Nanotech cluster models


SEE ALSO THE PDF
Presentation for the Winter School on Emerging Nanotechnologies
Grenoble Ecole de Management, Pinsot, France, 30 March 2011