Innovations in the business models of modern slavery: Exploring the dark side of business model innovaton

Andrew Crane, Genevieve Lebaron, Kam Phung, Laya Behbahani, Jean Allain

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Abstract

This paper addresses the scant attention paid to the dark side of business model innovation by empirically examining innovations in the business models of modern slavery. Our paper focuses on how the business models of slavery in advanced economies like the US and UK have evolved since the practice was legally abolished in the 19th Century. We find that while some continuities with the business models of traditional slavery exist, novel forms of business models have emerged based on new actors, activities, and linkages between activities. We categorize these innovations according to the actor involved (producer/intermediary) and how value is created and captured (revenue generation/cost reduction), giving rise to four innovative models. We discuss our findings considering the literature on business model innovation, the dark side of organizations, and the business of modern slavery, as well as outline implications for policy and practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages1-6
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2018
Event78th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2018 - Chicago, USA United States
Duration: 10 Aug 201814 Aug 2018

Conference

Conference78th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2018
CountryUSA United States
CityChicago
Period10/08/1814/08/18

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Industrial relations

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