CAiSE'01 Tutorials

Modelling e-Business Models

Prof. Yves Pigneur

University of Lausanne, Switzerland

09.00 - 12.30 Tuesday 5 June

Casino Kursaal
Nowadays new business models are constantly emerging in electronic commerce and can become a major stake in the e-business game. It is even possible to patent them in some countries. Understanding the new business models and helping to design them are important research issues, not so well covered until now. The main objective of this tutorial is to propose a theoretical framework or ontology for defining, classifying and measuring business models. This framework could be used for describing, cataloguing and analysing case studies illustrating typical business models. Another use of this framework should be to develop a computer-aided design tool for supporting the design, the assessment, the benchmarking, the critics, and the simulation of new business models. This project shares with the Process Handbook project of the MIT the key idea that a repository and the associated computerized tool can significantly enhance the creativity and the efficiency of business model designers.

The first part will propose a definition of a business model covering the product innovation, the customer relationship, the infrastructure management and the financial aspects. Then, the second part will deal with the categorization and the cataloguing of e-business models in a knowledge base or repository. Finally, the third part will tackle the assessment of business models for emphasizing their critical success factors, their performance measures and their benchmarks.

Yves Pigneur is professor and head of the information systems department of the business school of the University of Lausanne. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Namur in Belgium where he was research assistant in the field of computer-aided requirement engineering. In 1994, he was visiting professor in the IS department of Georgia State University, Atlanta and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. His interests cover information system design, electronic commerce and management of information technology.

This is a CAiSE'01 pre-conference tutorial. Separate registration is possible. See the general Registration page for details.