Additive manufacturing and business models: Current knowledge and missing perspectives

OBERG, Christina, SHAMS, Tawfiq and ASNAFI, Nader (2018). Additive manufacturing and business models: Current knowledge and missing perspectives. Technology Innovation Management Review, 8 (6), 15-33.

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Additive manufacturing, that is 3D printing technology, may change the way companies operate their businesses. This article adopts a business model perspective to create an understanding of what we know about these changes. It summarizes current knowledge on additive manufacturing within management and business research, and it discusses future research directions in relation to business models for additive manufacturing. Using the scientific database Web of Science, 116 journal articles were identified. The literature review reveals that most research concerns manufacturing optimization. A more holistic view of the changes that additive manufacturing may bring about for firms is needed, as is more research on changed value propositions, and customer/sales-related issues. The article contributes to previous research by systematically summarizing additive manufacturing research in the business and management literature, and by highlighting areas for further investigation related to the business models of individual firms.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 3D printing; additive manufacturing; business model; literature review
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Page Range: 15-33
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2019 11:02
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 03:56

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