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dc.contributor.advisorJohnston, David
dc.creatorUpward, Antony
dc.date.accessioned2013-03-04T19:57:20Z
dc.date.available2013-03-04T19:57:20Z
dc.date.copyright2013-08-06
dc.date.issued2013-09-13
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10315/20777
dc.description.abstractAn ontology describing the constructs and their inter-relationships for business models has recently been built and evaluated: the Business Model Ontology (BMO). This ontology has been used to conceptually power a popular practitioner visual design tool: the Business Model Canvas (BMC). However, implicitly these works assume that designers of business models all have a singular normative goal: the creation of businesses that are financially profitable. These works perpetuate beliefs and businesses that do not create outcomes aligned with current natural and social science knowledge about long term individual human, societal and ecological flourishing, i.e. outcomes are not strongly sustainable. This limits the applicability and utility of these works. This exploratory research starts to overcome these limitations: creating knowledge of what is required of businesses for strongly sustainable outcomes to emerge and helping business model designers efficiently create high quality (reliable, consistent, effective) strongly sustainable business models. Based on criticism and review, this research project extends the BMO artefact to enable the description all the constructs and their inter-relationships related to a strongly sustainable business model. This results in the Strongly Sustainable Business Model Ontology (SSBMO). To help evaluate the SSBMO a practitioner visual design tool is also developed: the Strongly Sustainable Business Model Canvas (SSBMC). Ontological engineering (from Artificial Intelligence), Design Science and Systems Thinking methodological approaches were combined in a novel manner to create the Systemic Design Science approach used to build and evaluate the SSBMO. Comparative analysis, interviews and case study techniques were used to evaluate the utility of the designed artefacts. Formal 3rd party evaluation with 7 experts and 2 case study companies resulted in validation of the overall approaches used and the utility of the SSBMO. A number of opportunities for improvement, as well as areas for future work, are identified. This thesis includes a number of supplementary graphics included in separate (electronic) files. See “List of Supplementary Materials” for details.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/deed.en_CA
dc.subjectSustainabilityen_US
dc.subjectBusinessen_US
dc.subjectInformation scienceen_US
dc.titleTowards an Ontology and Canvas for Strongly Sustainable Business Models: A Systemic Design Science Explorationen_US
dc.typeElectronic Thesis or Dissertationen_US
dc.degree.disciplineEnvironmental Studies
dc.degree.nameMES - Master in Environmental Studies
dc.degree.levelMaster's
dc.subject.keywordsEnvironmental Studiesen_US
dc.subject.keywordsBusiness Modelen_US
dc.subject.keywordsBusiness Architectureen_US
dc.subject.keywordsSustainabilityen_US
dc.subject.keywordsSustainableen_US
dc.subject.keywordsStrong Sustainabilityen_US
dc.subject.keywordsStrongly Sustainableen_US
dc.subject.keywordsResilienceen_US
dc.subject.keywordsFlourishingen_US
dc.subject.keywordsSocially Desirable Valueen_US
dc.subject.keywordsShared Valueen_US
dc.subject.keywordsCorporate Social Responsibilityen_US
dc.subject.keywordsSustainable Businessen_US
dc.subject.keywordsTri-Profiten_US
dc.subject.keywordsBusinessen_US
dc.subject.keywordsManagementen_US
dc.subject.keywordsOrganizationen_US
dc.subject.keywordsEnvironmental Managementen_US
dc.subject.keywordsEntrepreneurshipen_US
dc.subject.keywordsSocial Entrepreneurshipen_US
dc.subject.keywordsImpact Investingen_US
dc.subject.keywordsBusiness Planen_US
dc.subject.keywordsBusiness Planningen_US
dc.subject.keywordsBusiness Designen_US
dc.subject.keywordsOrganizational Designen_US
dc.subject.keywordsEcological Designen_US
dc.subject.keywordsInnovationen_US
dc.subject.keywordsStrategyen_US
dc.subject.keywordsInformation Systemen_US
dc.subject.keywordsDesign Thinkingen_US
dc.subject.keywordsDesign Scienceen_US
dc.subject.keywordsSystems Thinkingen_US
dc.subject.keywordsOntologyen_US
dc.subject.keywordsToolen_US
dc.subject.keywordsVisual Design Toolen_US
dc.subject.keywordsVisual Designen_US
dc.subject.keywordsVisual Thinkingen_US
dc.subject.keywordsDesign Toolen_US
dc.subject.keywordsEcological Economicsen_US
dc.subject.keywordsEnvironmental Sociologyen_US
dc.subject.keywordsEnvironmental Managementen_US
dc.subject.keywordsMicro-Ecological Economicsen_US
dc.subject.keywordsMicro-Ecological Sociologyen_US


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