thesis on IS development

May 24th, 2016

Thesis defence at HEC Montréal, on “Three essays on IS development”, by Gregory Vial, supervised by Suzanne Rivard

Information systems development (ISD) projects are complex and challenging endeavors. Seeking to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the ISD process, practitioners have relied on various strategies to organize ISD. This thesis is composed of three essays which all rely on organizational theory as a reference discipline to provide the theoretical lenses that can help us increase our understanding of two of those strategies: (1) outsourced ISD and (2) agile ISD. The first essay adopts a deductive approach and draws from institutional theory to build a process explanation on effects of differences between parties in outsourced ISD projects. The second essay focuses on agile ISD to investigate, using a multiple case study design, how project teams experience agility in ISD projects. The third essay adopts a deductive approach to propose a novel conceptualization of ISD as an organizational routine and explore the theoretical and empirical implications of this conceptualization using agile ISD as a contextual application. Overall the three essays that form this thesis address important questions to build theoretical as well as empirical insight in a rigorous manner on relevant topics of ISD research.

May 24th, 2016

Presentation of our Business Model Canvas by National Bank of Canada, renamed “My Business Model” (web) & “Mon Modèle d’affaires” in French (web), with a set of videos


“My Business Model” is the product of a collaboration between National Bank and the Institute for entrepreneurship National Bank – HEC Montreal (web)

Visite au Canada

May 22nd, 2016

Nouvelle visite au Canada et à HEC Montréal pour une autre série d’événements BMGEN/VPDesign …

Montreal /Isabelle

Forum des 100

May 19th, 2016

Forum des 100 à Lausanne

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La douzième édition du Forum des 100, organisé par L’Hebdo, est intitulé « Un monde de nouvelles frontières » . Il se tient le 19 mai 2016 à l’Université de Lausanne. La globalisation a ouvert de nouveaux marchés, mais de plus en plus de citoyens, en Europe et ailleurs, doutent des avantages de l’effacement des frontières (more)

voir la rubrique “Les inspirateurs” dans l’Hebdo ici

Health Information Systems

May 18th, 2016

Research seminar on Understanding the potential of Connected Health – the case of the Leanmbh project, by Prof.Frédéric Adam, University College Cork

The talk will concentrate on a detailed presentation of the on-going Leanbh project which is aimed at developing and testing a home based solution for the early detection of pre-eclampsia and other blood pressure related disorders in expecting mothers. More generally, it will consider broad range of issues which are inherent in the concept of connected health with a specific focus on the application of mobile computing and decision support ideas into the clinical environment.

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BMGEN on Amazon

May 13th, 2016

Amazon US classifies BMGEN #2 and VPDesign #7 in the category of “Strategic Business Planning”.

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There are many influential and important business books on that “Strategic Planning” bestseller list, such the famous “Good to Great” by Jim Collins. The #2 book on that same bestseller list is BMGEN, approximately 97 percent of the time.

BMGEN/VPDesign masterclass at London

May 12th, 2016

A two-day public masterclass at London with Alex, presenting the newest concepts and the freshest thinking, and with the nice sketches by Holger Nils Pohl (web)

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After this workshop you will have:

  • Learned about and applied a practical visual language and innovation process to describe, challenge, and design strategy and business models.
  • Appreciated powerful examples of business model innovation, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups and social entrepreneurship ventures.
  • Explored and prototyped business models using design thinking, customer development, and lean start-up methods to boost future growth

Build Better Business Models

May 11th, 2016

mini-workshop by Alex at Rainmaking Loft, London


“Business model innovation is the number one area where incumbent players and startups will differentiate and drive competitive advantage.

Startupbootcamp InsurTech, FinTech, Rainmaking Innovation & Lean Startup Circle London (LSCL) are delighted to host a masterclass with Alex Osterwalder, in which Alex will dig deep into the concepts supporting the design of the best business models & value propositions. Alex will also share ways to use some practical tools to innovate within startup and corporate environments. The session will be followed by a Q&A (more)

BMGEN à HEC formation continue

May 10th, 2016

Construire un modèle d’affaires innovant ?

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Si vous pensez que la transformation digitale va changer l’art du possible, soyez sûrs que votre entreprise n’oublie pas de renouveler son modèle d’affaires.

Des modèles d’affaires ou business models disruptifs transforment le paysage concurrentiel de nombreux secteurs. Comment se positionner dans ce paysage ? Comment convertir ses idées en propositions de valeur innovantes et en nouveaux modèles d’affaires performants ? Comment maitriser des outils et techniques efficaces, simples et éprouvés pour concevoir, tester et transformer ces modèles d’affaires?

Cette maîtrise suppose notamment l’adoption d’un langage commun pour représenter les différentes composantes d’un modèle d’affaires. De plus, il faut garder à l’esprit que la conception d’un modèle d’affaires est rarement linéaire mais nécessite davantage l’attitude créatrice d’un architecte ou d’un designer que celle d’un manager ou d’un décideur rationnel. Souvent en management, on pense que la première idée est la bonne et on se donne peu les moyens d’explorer différents prototypes de la solution future. Enfin, quand on sait que nombreux sont les modèles d’affaires qui échouent parce qu’ils proposent des produits et services dont personne ne veut, on ne peut qu’être sensible à la suggestion de tester avec de vrais clients les hypothèses sur lesquelles est construit un modèle d’affaires, ceci avant de lancer son exécution.

Les objectifs pédagogiques de la journée sont donc les suivants

(a) découvrir le Business Model Canvas et le Value Proposition Canvas, des outils visuels pour décrire, esquisser et remettre en question des modèles d’affaires, (b) mieux comprendre des exemples marquants d’innovation par les business models, et (c) évoquer certaines approches de “design thinking” appliquées à la conception, l’expérimentation et la rénovation de business models.


Privacy-Based Adaptive Context-Aware Authentication

May 2nd, 2016

Liu, Z., Bonazzi, R., and Pigneur, Y. (2015) Privacy-Based Adaptive Context-Aware Authentication System for Personal Mobile Devices. Journal of Mobile Multimedia, 12(1-2), 159-180

Over the past decade, mobile devices such as smartphones have become increasingly common as a form of handheld computing platform. The use of mobile applications on these mobile devices is experiencing unprecedented rates of growth. However, when using mobile applications, users are often requested to give context information. Such requests have led to growing privacy concerns. This paper proposes the use of context-awareness to improve single sign-on (SSO) solutions so that mobile users can protect their private information. A privacy-based adaptive SSO (ASSO) may be able to increase users’ perceived ease of use of the system and give service providers the necessary authentication security for their applications. The study was based on data gathered from 168 participants as part of the Lausanne Data Collection Campaign. This was led by the Nokia research center in Switzerland and used Nokia N95 phones. The analysis of SVM showed our expectations to be correct. Consequently, a new business model for mobile platforms has been proposed to reinforce our claim that privacy-friendly value propositions are possible and can be used to obtain a competitive advantage.