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Authors: Gil Regev 1 and Olivier Hayard 2

Affiliations: 1 Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland ; 2 Itecor, Switzerland

ISBN: 978-989-8565-26-6

Keyword(s): Business Modelling, Survival, Systems, Identity, Homeostasis, Entropy, Negentropy.

Abstract: Business modelling methods most often model an organization’s value provision to its customers followed by the activities and structure necessary to deliver this value. These activities and structure are seen as infinitely malleable; they can be specified and engineered at will. This is hardly in line with what even laymen can observe of organizations, that they are not easy to change and that their behaviour often is not directly centred on providing value to customers. We propose an alternative view in which organizations exist by maintaining stable states that correspond to their identity. We analyse how these states are maintained through homeostasis, the maintenance of ones identity. Homeostasis helps to explain both the inability of organizations to provide maximum value to their customers and their reluctance to change. From this point of view, resistance to change is not something to fight or to ignore but an essential force behind organizational behaviour that can be built up on for creating adequate strategies. (More)

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Paper citation in several formats:
Regev G.; Hayard O. and (2012). Homeostasis - The Forgotten Enabler of Business Models.In Proceedings of the Second International Symposium on Business Modeling and Software Design - Volume 1: BMSD, ISBN 978-989-8565-26-6, pages 13-23. DOI: 10.5220/0004460700130023

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title={Homeostasis - The Forgotten Enabler of Business Models},
booktitle={Proceedings of the Second International Symposium on Business Modeling and Software Design - Volume 1: BMSD,},
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JO - Proceedings of the Second International Symposium on Business Modeling and Software Design - Volume 1: BMSD,
TI - Homeostasis - The Forgotten Enabler of Business Models
SN - 978-989-8565-26-6
AU - Regev, G.
AU - Hayard, O.
PY - 2012
SP - 13
EP - 23
DO - 10.5220/0004460700130023

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