PhD Defense of the Doctoral student Montserrat Peñarroya Farell

PhD Thesis:Understanding Sustainable Transformation: Business Model Adaptation in the Cultural and Creative Industries
Friday, 15 December, 2023 - 12:00
Aula Magna, La Salle-URL
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On Friday, Decebember 15, starting at 12:00 p.m., the PhD defense of the doctoral student Montserrat Peñarroya Farell will take place at Aula Magna, La Salle-URL, entitled “Understanding Sustainable Transformation: Business Model Adaptation in the Cultural and Creative Industries, which has been carried out under the direction of Dr. Francesc Miralles Torner. The doctoral student is part of the PhD Group Smart Society from La Salle-URL.

This dissertation investigates the intersection of business model adaptation and sustainability in the context of cultural industries. The study comprises three main parts. First, the various instances of business model dynamics are examined, demonstrating the potential effectiveness of Business Model Adaptation as a strategic response to changing environments. Second, the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on cultural industries, such as museums, monuments, theatres, music festivals, artists, and editorials, is analyzed to better understand the adaptation of companies that managed to survive.

The study highlights the importance of support from Open Innovation Ecosystems, such as professional associations, in fostering adaptation. Finally, the mechanisms influencing managers' intention to implement changes towards a more sustainable organization are explored through a quantitative study based on the responses of 122 managers from cultural and creative companies. The study reveals the importance of Open Innovation Ecosystems as an influencing factor on the attitude towards sustainability and the perceived easiness of adopting sustainable practices.

Overall, this thesis contributes to understanding how managers can adapt their company's business models to become more competitive and, at the same time, more sustainable, particularly in the cultural industries.

The tribunal is made up of the President, Dr. Christopher Kennett; the Secretary, Dr. Maria Abellanet Meya; and the vocal, Dr. Berta Ferrer Rosell.