Enterprise Modelling in the Digital Age

Enterprise Modelling in the Digital Age

Henderik A. Proper (Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, Luxembourg), Wided Guedria (Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, Luxembourg) and Jean-Sebastien Sottet (Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, Luxembourg)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-0108-5.ch003

Abstract

Our society is transitioning from the industrial age to the digital age, thus also revolutionising the enterprise landscape. In addition, one can observe how the notion of economic exchange is shifting from goods-dominant logic to service-dominant logic, putting the focus on continuous value co-creation between providers and consumers. Combined, these trends drive enterprises to transform continuously. During enterprise transformations, coordination among the stakeholders involved is key. Enterprise models are traditionally regarded as an effective way to enable informed coordination. At the same time, the digital age also provides ample challenges and opportunities for enterprise modelling. The objective of this chapter is therefore threefold. The first aim is to reflect on the role of enterprise modelling for coordinated enterprise transformation. The second aim is to explore the challenges posed by digital transformations to enterprise modelling. The third aim is to reflect on how enterprise modelling itself may benefit from the new digital technologies.
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The Role Of Enterprise Modelling

In discussing the role of enterprise modelling in enterprise transformations in general, and digital transformations in particular, we will start by discussing the concepts of enterprise and model as such. Based on this understanding, we then address the important question of the purpose of enterprise modelling. As enterprise models are used in a coordinative context involving many different stakeholders, we will finish this section with a discussion on the collaborative dimension of enterprise modelling.

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