A business ecosystem architecture modeling framework

Roel Wieringa, Wilco Engelsman, Jaap Gordijn, Dan Ionita

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The concept of enterprise architecture (EA) introduced in the 1980s refers to business-IT alignment in a single organization. The concept has proven its utility in the practice of IT management, but EA frameworks cannot deal with network organizations that are enabled by IT. EA frameworks assume a hierarchically coordinated organization, where final responsibility for strategy rests with management. The characteristic feature of network organizations is that there is no central coordinator with final responsibility. Yet, today's network organizations are facilitated by IT and they too must be aligned with their IT infrastructure. To align networked organizations, we must take the value viewpoint, which is absent in EA. This paper presents an approach to business-IT alignment for networked organizations based on the concept of networked value models. In addition, since there is no hierarchical management in a network, we view business-IT alignment in a network as a coordination game, and we include results from coordination theory and game theory in our approach. We illustrate our approach with an example from the electricity business and apply it to the Bitcoin network.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2019 IEEE 21st Conference on Business Informatics (CBI)
Subtitle of host publication[Proceedings]
EditorsJorg Becker, Dmitriy Novikov
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781728106502
ISBN (Print)9781728106519
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event21st IEEE Conference on Business Informatics, CBI 2019 - Moscow, Russian Federation
Duration: 15 Jul 201917 Jul 2019

Publication series

ISSN (Print)2378-1963
ISSN (Electronic)2378-1971


Conference21st IEEE Conference on Business Informatics, CBI 2019
Country/TerritoryRussian Federation


  • Business ecosystem
  • enterprise architecture


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