In recent years, we have seen the emergence of new business paradigms that highlight the importance of business network thinking. These business paradigms stress the idea that business thinking should not be based primarily on an intra-organizational focus, but rather on the relationships with business organizations, such as collaborators or customers. For example, the service-dominant paradigm is centered at networked co-creation of value for customers through services. The recent outcome economy paradigm revolves around facilitating measurable business results for customers. Combining these paradigms with the concept of agile business leads to dynamic business networks as a first order citizen in business engineering. These developments have a strong impact on the domain of enterprise computing: on the one hand, it requires an outside-in engineering to complement the traditional inside-out approach; on the other hand, it requires a decoupling of strategic resource-based design from tactic value-based design. In this presentation, networked business paradigms are illustrated and their impact on enterprise computing and enterprise system architectures is explored.
Paul Grefen is a full professor in the School of Industrial Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology since 2003. He chaired the Information Systems subdepartment from 2006 to 2014. Currently, he is the Research Director of the School. He received his Ph.D. in 1992 from the University of Twente and held assistant and associate professor positions in the Computer Science Department. He was a visiting researcher at Stanford University in 1994. As a researcher and a manager, he has been involved in various European research projects as well as various projects within the Netherlands. He is an associate editor of the International Journal of Cooperative Information Systems and a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Production Management and Engineering. He is an editor and author of the books on the WIDE and CrossWork projects, and has authored books on workflow management, electronic business and service-dominant business engineering. He is a member of the Executive Board of the European Supply Chain Forum. His current research covers architectural design of business information systems, inter-organizational business process management, and service-oriented business design and support. He teaches at the BSc, MSc, PDEng and PhD levels at TU/e and at the executive level for TIAS business school.