2nd Business Model Conference (CfP)

January 26th, 2018

Business Model Community, Journal of Business Models and Financial Reporting Journal are sponsoring the 2nd Business Model Conference on June 6-7, 2018, in Florence (CfP)

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BMC grafitti

January 21st, 2018

BMC grafitti tag on the walls of San Francisco by Pat van der Pijl :-)


BMGEN dans Les Echos

January 19th, 2018

Interview dans Les Echos sur la genèse de BMGEN et quelques idées en cours


Avec Alexandre Osterwalder, vous avez inventé le business model canvas, un outil d’aide à la création de modèle d’affaires qui s’est imposé … more

Design Science Research in IS

January 8th, 2018

CUSO activity “Design Science & Design Thinking” in Ovronnaz, with Jean-Henry Morin (UniGe) and Kil-Soo Suh 서길수 (Yonsei University, Seoul)


The objective is to introduce PhD students in information systems (IS) and computer science (CS) to the methodological foundation of design science research and design thinking. This Winter School is part of the Doctoral Program of Computer Science offered by the “Conférence Universitaire de Suisse Occidentale” (CUSO), but is open for participants from other Swiss universities. Detailed information is available on the CUSO website

Visual Tool Design at HICSS

January 4th, 2018

Dina Elikan will present at HICSS’2018 our article “Designing Tools for Collectively Solving Ill-Structured Problems” with Hazbi Avdiji and Stéphanie Missonier.


Ill-structured management problems are of paramount importance for organizations today. As they are complex to solve, they are undertaken by teams of diverse individuals who make use of tools to help them in solving such problems. Most tools either focus on supporting collaborative practices or are dedicated to solving specific ill-structured problems. In this paper, we bridge these two perspectives and provide design principles for tools that both support collaboration and are tailored for specific ill-structured problems. We derived these design principles from our participant observation of two critical cases of such collaborative tools: the Business Model Canvas and the Team Alignment Map. We lay the theoretical and design foundations for future developments of similar collaborative tools. Our paper illustrates the value that the IS discipline can bring to the increasing call for a design approach to management by rigorously developing tools for co-design.

Our paper has been nominated for the “Best Paper Award”

ResearchGate version

Invincible Organization

January 4th, 2018

A blog post with Alex on “How To Build Invincible Companies” (post)

“We believe there are three crucial areas that every company needs to consider in order to remain relevant and prosperous. Firstly, companies have to develop truly ambidextrous organizational structures where the innovation arm is given equal power alongside the existing business. Secondly, this innovation arm needs its very own culture, processes, skills, metrics, and incentives to explore potentially new business models and value propositions. Thirdly, companies need to better manage their portfolio of existing businesses and new opportunities–some that maintain and protect the current business, while cultivating the business models of tomorrow. (more)


Business Model Innovation

December 27th, 2017

Meeting with Alex and discussion on business model validation, portfolio, innovation metrics


Commune de Lonay

December 16th, 2017

La commune de Lonay – où nous habitons tous les deux – nous met à l’honneur avec Alex pour le classement Thinkers50 et le soutien à La Pommeraie (web), suite à notre invitation par Laurent Haug à 200ideas (web).


HEC Best Teacher Award

December 14th, 2017

Reçu ce jeudi un “HEC Best Teacher Award”

Thesis defence at Supélec

December 14th, 2017

Thesis defence by Sonia Ben Hamida, entitled “Innovate by Designing for Value – Towards a Design-to-Value Methodology in Early Design Stages” at Centrale Supelec

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“Design decision making in early design stages is crucial as well as difficult. Stakeholders’ needs and perceptions are difficult to predict and share among the design team. It is then difficult to understand which design concepts are the most valuable to explore. This thesis builds upon value oriented design methodologies and develops a three-step methodology to support decision making in early design stages. The methodology was tested and validated on several industrial use cases.