Towards a Typology of Approaches for Sustainability-Oriented Business Model Evaluation

  • Thorsten SchoormannEmail author
  • Anna Kaufhold
  • Dennis Behrens
  • Ralf Knackstedt
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing book series (LNBIP, volume 320)


While numerous studies related to business models are dealing with understanding and representing businesses, limited research focus on the evaluation aspect. However, due to the highly dynamic environment, changing availability of resources and booming digitalization, the evaluation of such models and alternatives is an essential task. Analysing, evaluating and innovating businesses is a multidimensional issue, which poses challenges that need to be facilitated. Thus, in this study, we aim to explore approaches and criteria for sustainability-oriented business model evaluation. Based on an extensive literature review, we obtained 50 articles and determined more than 40 different evaluation methods.


Sustainability Business model Evaluation Assessment 



This research was conducted in the scope of the research project “SmartHybrid—Process Engineering” (ZW 6-85003451), which is partly funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the State of Lower Saxony (NBank).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thorsten Schoormann
    • 1
    Email author
  • Anna Kaufhold
    • 1
  • Dennis Behrens
    • 1
  • Ralf Knackstedt
    • 1
  1. 1.University of HildesheimHildesheimGermany

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