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Business Process Management Journal

ISSN: 1463-7154
Previously published as: Business Process Re-engineering & Management Journal

Online from: 1997

Subject Area: Managing Quality

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A framework for the alignment of business model and business processes: A generic model for trans-sector innovation


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Title:A framework for the alignment of business model and business processes: A generic model for trans-sector innovation
Author(s):Sam Solaimani, (Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands), Harry Bouwman, (Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands and Institute for Advanced Management Systems Research, Abo Akademi University, Turku, Finland)
Citation:Sam Solaimani, Harry Bouwman, (2012) "A framework for the alignment of business model and business processes: A generic model for trans-sector innovation", Business Process Management Journal, Vol. 18 Iss: 4, pp.655 - 679
Keywords:Alignment, Business model, Business process management, Business process model, Generic conceptual framework, Modelling, Process planning, Trans-sector innovation
Article type:Conceptual paper
DOI:10.1108/14637151211253783 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Abstract:

Purpose – The creation of a service is enabled by a “strategic-level” business model (BM), while the implementation or execution of the service is described by “operational-level” business processes (BPs). In many innovation projects, especially trans-sector projects, a lack of alignment between the strategic “what to do” and the operational “how to do it” is often a severe obstacle undermining BM viability and feasibility. The purpose of this paper is to propose a framework that identifies the generic horizontal and vertical inter-organizational and intra-organizational interaction components to bridge BM with underlying BPs, with the aim of improving the alignment between the two levels.

Design/methodology/approach – This conceptual paper identifies a theoretical gap between strategic BM and operational BPs. Building on existing literature the authors synthesize various theoretical concepts to create a generic framework to analyze the theoretical gap.

Findings – The proposed conceptual framework is useful in innovation projects, especially in complex scaled-up trans-sector innovation projects, where numerous BPs stemming from multiple actors from diverse industries should support a collective BM. This framework can be used as an analytical basis for further research into BM/BP alignment.

Practical implications – There are many BM theories and concepts, and BP ontologies available. The proposed alignment framework can be used to bridge the gap between the BM theories and concepts such as BMO Canvas and BP tools and ontology's (e.g. ARIS, ArchiMate or BPMN).

Originality/value – Through a novel integration of a number of relevant theoretical concepts, a generic conceptual BM/BPs alignment framework is proposed and the practical implications and applications of the proposed framework are presented.



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