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Modeling e-Business with eBML


  • Alexander Osterwalder

    (University of Lausanne, Switzerland)

  • Yves Pigneur

    (University of Lausanne, Switzerland)

  • Sarra Ben Lagha

    (University of Lausanne, Switzerland)


In this paper we demonstrate that modeling e-business strategies is important in a time where the first e-business disillusionment has taken place. The objective of this Paper is twofold. First we propose a theoretical e-business model framework (eBMF) for aligning e-business initiatives and projects. This framework rep-resents an ontology, which will allow firms to develop a sound e-business model, in an environment that is amongst other things characterized by new forms of network organizations. Second we show why the eX-tensible Markup Language (XML) is an adequate technology for describing this theoretical framework in a formal way.

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  • Alexander Osterwalder & Yves Pigneur & Sarra Ben Lagha, 2002. "Modeling e-Business with eBML," Industrial Organization 0202003, EconWPA.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpio:0202003
    Note: Type of Document - . Published at CIMRE 2001, Tunis

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    1. Hayes, Jeremy & Finnegan, Pat, 2005. "Assessing the of potential of e-business models: towards a framework for assisting decision-makers," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 160(2), pages 365-379, January.
    2. Alexander Osterwalder & Yves Pigneur, 2002. "An e-Business Model Ontology for Modeling e-Business," Industrial Organization 0202004, EconWPA.
    3. Alexander Osterwalder & Mathias Rossi & Minyue Dong, 2002. "The Business Model Handbook for Developing Countries," Development and Comp Systems 0202003, EconWPA.

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    xml; e-business models; e-business;

    JEL classification:

    • L21 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Business Objectives of the Firm
    • C88 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs - - - Other Computer Software
    • D20 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - General

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