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New Business Model Conferences (NBM)

Dr. Niels Faber, staff member of Campus Fryslân, is member of the permanent board of the annual New Business Models Conference (NBM Conference). This series of conferences provides a platform for scholars and practitioners to discuss and share insights on business models that aim to shape a sustainable society. Over the years, the conference has attracted participants from all over the world, building a strong community more than 700 people.


In the past five years, the conference has visited various parts of Europe. In 2016, the Toulouse Business School hosted the very first conference in the series (NBM@Toulouse 2016). The year thereafter, hospitality was found at the University of Graz (NBM@Graz 2017), where the focus was on the role of business models in multiple value creation. In Sofia, the University of National and World Economy set the stage to discuss ways in which new business models realize impacts at local, regional, and international levels (NBM@Sofia, 2018). Berlin’s ESCP Europe campus hosted NBM@Berlin 2019. There, the focus shifted towards the contribution of new business models to reaching the Sustainable Development Goals building on sustainable entrepreneurship, innovation, and transitions to future-fit societies. This year, the conference visits the Radboud University Nijmegen (NBM@Nijmegen 2020), entitled ‘driving sustainable transition: people, business, society’. Due to the extraordinary circumstances around the COVID-19 pandemic, NBM@Nijmegen 2020 will be a full online conference.

Campus Fryslân involvement

Campus Fryslân staff will also be present at the conference. Manon Eikelenboom, Thomas Long, and Gjalt de Jong will chair track 6 on ‘New Business Models and Societal Interactions’. Also, Niels Faber will chair track 4 on ‘Business Models for a Circular Economy’ together with Abishek Agarwal of the Aberdeen Business School, and Harold Krikke and Wim Lambrechts of the Open University, The Netherlands. The track on Business Models for the Circular Economy has been part of the conference since the very beginning.

More information

The NBM Conference organization looks forward to celebrating the first lustrum of the series with old and new colleagues and friends. This year not physically but in a ‘virtual’ conference location. This a unique experience to many, if not all of us. But as the saying goes: ‘We have never tried this before, so we think we should be able to organize this.'

Updates will follow on the NBM website and social media (#NBMconference2020).

Last modified:18 June 2020 4.40 p.m.