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Business Model Canvas

A Business Model Canvas is a tool for mapping the core functions and capabilities of an organisation.  Compared to the Core Diagrams that I described in an earlier post, the business model canvas attempts to present more aspects of the business, starting with the value proposition – a statement of what the organisation offers to its users (in the business world, to its customers).  It shows the activities and resources, as Core Diagrams do, but also shows user relationships & channels, and also benefits and costs.  I’m not aware of any universities that have used this tool but you can find examples from elsewhere on the web.

We are considering business model canvases as a tool for mapping the strategic capabilities of units at the University of Edinburgh.  Phil Taylor, our EA contractor, sketched an outline of what a business model canvas might begin to look like for HR:
This is only intended to be suggestive: the real canvas would need to result from in-depth discussions about the role of HR in the University, who HR serves, the relationships and channels for delivering HR services, the key activities driving those services, and the benefits and costs of running the service.  The point is that the canvas would provide a central place for summarising and illustrating the key attributes of HR strategy.

As you can see, we are at a very early stage.  The technique seems to offer promise.  Certainly we will need something along the lines of the business model canvas or the core diagram to present the core attributes of the enterprise architecture.

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