Nizar Abdelkafi

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Dr. rer. pol. Nizar Abdelkafi

Deputy Head of Corporate Development in International Competition Division, Head of Business Models: Engineering and Innovation Unit

Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy IMW
Neumarkt 9-19
04109 Leipzig, Germany

Phone +49 341 231039-143

Fax +49 341 231039-9143


  • Analysis and optimization of existing business models
  • Supporting companies in developing innovative business models
  • Assisting with the implementation of new business models
  • Indexes for business models
  • Business models in the service sector
  • Shaping and managing the transformation process from a product-based to a service-based business model

Professional development

Nizar Abdelkafi is head of the Business Models and Services sector at the Fraunhofer IMW. In 2008 Nizar Abdelkafi gained a doctorate on the subject of “Variety-Induced Complexity in Mass Customization: Concepts and Management” at Hamburg University of Technology. Prior to that, he worked as a project assistant at the University of Klagenfurt. In addition, Nizar Abdelkafi has an engineering degree from the University of Tunis El Manar and a management-oriented business degree from the Technische Universität München. Nizar Abdelkafi has published his research work in two monographs and more than 35 scientific journals and collected works.


Selected Publications

You can find all scientific publications by Dr. Nizard Abdelkafi in the Fraunhofer Publica database.

YearTitle/AuthorDocument Type
2019Berufsbildungsexport: Zentrale Bausteine der Geschäftsmodellentwicklung
Posselt, T.; Abdelkafi, N.; Radic, M.; Preissler, A.
Book Article
2019Künstliche Intelligenz (KI) im Unternehmenskontext: Literaturanalyse und Thesenpapier
Abdelkafi, Nizar; Döbel, Inga; Drzewiecki, Johannes David; Meironke, Anja; Niekler, Andreas; Ries, Sonja
2019Multi-sided Platforms in the Sharing Economy - a Case Study Analysis for the Development of a Generic Platform
Vienken, Claudia; Abdelkafie, Nizar; Tangour, Cyrine
Conference Paper
2019Opportunities and challenges of Higher Education institutions in Europe: An analysis from a business model perspective
Posselt, Thorsten; Abdelkafi, Nizar; Fischer, Luise; Tangour, Cyrine
Journal Article
2019Understanding ICT Standardization: Principles and Practice
Abdelkafi, Nizar; Bolla, Raffaele; Lanting, Cees J.M.; Rodriguez-Ascaso, Alejandro; Thuns, Marina; Wetterwald, Michelle
2018Ecopreneurs' creation of user business models for green tech: an exploratory study in e-mobility
Abdelkafi, N.; Hansen, E.G.
Journal Article
2018eStandards - Enabler der digitalen Transformation von Geschäftsmodellen
Abdelkafi, Nizar; Radic, Marija
Conference Paper
2018The implications of E-mobility for the automotive value chain and business models: Paper presented at R&D Management Conference 2018, R&Designing Innovation: Transformational Challenges for Organizations and Society; June 30th - July 4th, 2018, Milan, Italy
Abdelkafi, Nizar; Ziegler, David; Pero, Margherita
Conference Paper
2018Konzeption einer Methode zur Geschäftsmodellentwicklung und Implementierung am Beispiel der Berufsbildungsdienstleistung
Abdelkafi, Nizar; Posselt, Thorsten
Book Article
2018Scalability and robustness of business models for sustainability: A simulation experiment
Täuscher, K.; Abdelkafi, N.
Journal Article
2017Exploration of the product phase-out process in manufacturing firms: A human factor perspective
Wagner, R.; Abdelkafi, N.; Blecker, T.
Journal Article
2017Gemeinsame Potenziale nutzen
Abdelkafi, Nizar; Thuns, Marina; Bezerra Hartmann, Mayra; Preissler, Steffen
Book Article
2017Geschäftsmodellelemente mehrseitiger Plattformen
Täuscher, Karl; Hilbig, Romy; Abdelkafi, Nizar
Book Article
2017Visual tools for business model innovation: Recommendations from a cognitive perspective
Täuscher, K.; Abdelkafi, N.
Journal Article
This publication list has been generated from the publication database Fraunhofer-Publica.