Transformative Business Models: Overview & Types

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  • 0:04 Technology & Business
  • 0:52 Transformative Business
  • 1:51 Six Transformative Elements
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Instructor: Natalie Boyd

Natalie is a teacher and holds an MA in English Education and is in progress on her PhD in psychology.

What makes a company transformative and what do transformative businesses have in common? In this lesson, we'll look at what transformation means in business and the six elements of transformative businesses.

Technology & Business

Daniella wants to start a new business that addresses issues that many people have with getting healthy foods. Specifically, Daniella is concerned with food deserts, or places in America where people live that have few or no supermarkets and farmers' markets available to buy fresh produce. She can't force supermarkets to open up, but maybe there's something else she can do.

One thing Daniella might want to think about is the way that technology can allow businesses to match up with customer needs. Often, businesses can use emergent technologies to meet market demand in unique and transformative ways. Just think about a company like Uber or Airbnb; they connected technology with a market and disrupted their industries. What does this mean for Daniella? To understand that, let's take a look at a transformative business and the six elements that most transformative businesses have in common.

Transformative Businesses

The more Daniella thinks about it, the more she realizes that there might be a solution to the problem of food deserts in America. What if she created a platform that allowed people to order fresh produce from their local farmers through an app? The farmers could come into a food desert once a week to fill the orders that came in through the app. While they're there, they could even set up a booth. Thus, a virtual farmers' market leads to an in-person farmers' market. Win-win!

What Daniella is doing is thinking like a transformative business, which is an organization that both makes a profit and makes a difference. Transformative businesses think about transforming the industry they're in and also transforming the world at large. They often try to solve big world problems, like food deserts.

Transformative businesses can be found in many different industries, from banking to clothing to engineering. Many of them use technology to disrupt the world market, like Daniella wants to do with her virtual farmers' market. It allows local farmers to see directly to communities that need it, while allowing busy parents to order food online.

Six Transformative Elements

Besides technology, there are six major elements that many transformative businesses have in common. They are:

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