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Characterizing business models for digital business through patterns

Beynon-Davies, Paul ORCID: 2018. Characterizing business models for digital business through patterns. International Journal of Electronic Commerce 22 (1) , pp. 98-124. 10.1080/10864415.2018.1396123

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This article considers business models through the lenses of both design science and the design orientation in management. It describes a new way of thinking about and engaging with business models as patterns. The term “business pattern” is used to refer to a coherent and repeating sequence of action involving humans, machines (including information technologies systems) and artifacts (such as data structures) as a way of organizing a firm. The study also describes a way of visualizing either existing business patterns or envisaged business patterns through the design artifact of a pattern comic. This is used to provide a narrative of some business pattern in principle or in practice. The design theory of a business pattern as well as the design artifact of a pattern comic offer a range of contributions to the literature on business models. First, they permit a clearer distinction to be drawn between business model, business motivation, and business strategy. Second, they suggest a clearer way of building models of “business” (organizing) either as currently conceived (as-is) or in terms of envisaged models (as-if). This also allows clearer expression of business motivation in terms of transitions between as-is and as-if business patterns. Third, business patterns offer a practical way of thinking about the reuse of business models as patterns and their potential for benchmarking purposes. To help ground both the theorization and the visualization proposed we apply the design theory of a business pattern and the design artifact of pattern comics to help make sense of the domain of online grocery.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: business model, business pattern, pattern comic, design science, business motivation, digital business, online grocery
Additional Information: Released with a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives License
Publisher: ME Sharpe
ISSN: 1086-4415
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 10 March 2017
Date of Acceptance: 1 February 2017
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 06:54

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