A Meta-Model Perspective on Business Models

  • Berend T. Alberts
  • Lucas O. Meertens
  • Maria-Eugenia Iacob
  • Lambert (Bart) J. M. Nieuwenhuis
Part of the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing book series (LNBIP, volume 142)


The business model field of research is a young and emerging discipline that finds itself confronted with the need for a common language, lack of conceptual consolidation, and without adequate theoretical development. This not only slows down research, but also undermines business model’s usefulness for research and practice. We offer a new perspective on business modelling to address these issues. It looks at business modelling from the perspective of the Meta-Object Facility, emphasising the role of models and meta-models. From this new perspective, a commonality analysis can identify the important classes in business modelling. This new perspective on business modelling helps to create a common language, achieve conceptual consolidation and supports theory development; it addresses issues that hinder business model research.


Business modelling Business models Meta-business models Meta- Object Facility 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Berend T. Alberts
    • 1
  • Lucas O. Meertens
    • 1
  • Maria-Eugenia Iacob
    • 1
  • Lambert (Bart) J. M. Nieuwenhuis
    • 1
  1. 1.University of TwenteEnschedeThe Netherlands

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