The qualitative research will involve semi-structured interviews with members of the i3P, an organisation that exists to promote collaboration and drive innovation among key players of the UK infrastructure sector, and bases its analysis on constructivist grounded theory. The firm-level analysis will utilise the network perspective and business model concepts as its analytical lenses.
The results will be utilised to evaluate the usefulness of this approach to inter-firm collaboration as well as study the perspectives of values created and variations on values captured by the members. A potential to provide a more comprehensive view on the competitive firm’s business model and approach to collaboration exists as the current project-based conceptualisations of value creation and capture could be complemented with a network and business model approach. Accordingly, recommendations to both industry and academia will be made.