Media Business Drivers and Concepts 2020: The Case of David and Goliath Revisited

Stina Giesecke, Raphael Giesecke

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Abstract

Whereas diversified global media ‘Goliaths’ enjoy economies of scale and smaller, agile, risk-taking media ‘Davids’ flourish in niche markets, prospects for mid-sized mass media companies are bleak. We argue that such companies suffer from a conservative approach to convergence. They lack radical innovation that offers new meanings to humans, supported by radically new technology. More daring approaches to convergence and especially divergence may unlock vast amounts of underutilised business potential in media businesses. Furthermore we argue that the significant potential of business ecosystem thinking is systematically ignored. Once these challenges and opportunities are tackled, the probability for creating more promising business models will increase significantly. Aiming for a year 2020 forecast, we crowd sourced divergent views on media convergence. Our data consists of 42 individual scenarios authored by 38 media professionals and academics. Using thematic analysis, we synthesized in detail the convergence and divergence of media business drivers in nine dimensions. We suggest that three dimensions, gamification, social values and media companies’ leadership and management, are the key enablers for combining radically new meanings with radically new technology. Innovations based on these enablers may unlock completely new business opportunities. Drawing from and contributing to theories of organisational behaviour, we encourage mass media company leaders to diverge and focus on business models based on a system approach. Concluding, we show why business model development needs thorough understanding of both future divergent convergence and the business system of the company.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMedia Convergence Handbook – Vol. 2
Subtitle of host publicationFirms and User Perspectives
EditorsArtur Lugmayr, Cinzia Dal Zotto
Place of PublicationBerlin Heidelberg
Pages407-428
Number of pages22
Volume2
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-642-54487-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
MoE publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book

Publication series

NameMedia Business and Innovation
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg

Keywords

  • business ecosystem
  • forecast
  • Scenario
  • MANAGEMENT

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