A meta-model perspective on business models

Berend Thomas Alberts, Lucas Onno Meertens, Maria Eugenia Iacob, Lambertus Johannes Maria Nieuwenhuis

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The business model field of research is a young and emerging discipline that finds itself confronted with the need for a common language, lack of conceptual consolidation, and without adequate theoretical development. This not only slows down research, but also undermines business model’s usefulness for research and practice. We offer a new perspective on business modelling to address these issues. It looks at business modelling from the perspective of the Meta-Object Facility, emphasising the role of models and meta-models. From this new perspective, a commonality analysis can identify the important classes in business modelling. This new perspective on business modelling helps to create a common language, achieve conceptual consolidation and supports theory development; it addresses issues that hinder business model research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBusiness modeling and software design
Subtitle of host publicationSecond international symposium, BMSD 2012, Geneva, Switzerland, July 4-6, 2012, Revised selected papers
EditorsBoris Shishkov
Place of PublicationBerlin
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-642-37478-4
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-37477-7
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event2nd International Symposium on Business Modeling and Software Design 2012 - Auditorium M R070, Geneva, Switzerland
Duration: 4 Jul 20126 Jul 2012
Conference number: 2

Publication series

NameLecture notes in business information processing


Conference2nd International Symposium on Business Modeling and Software Design 2012
Abbreviated titleBMSD 2012
Otherco-loc. with ICGREEN'12
Internet address


  • IR-93285
  • METIS-307322


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