Alexander Osterwalder

Slideshare Contest: Why Business Models Matter

by: Alexander Osterwalder

I finally succeeded to submit a powerpoint presentation to the "world's best presentation contest" on slideshare.net, after some initial problems with the submission options (they simply disappeared before the end of the deadline...).

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Visual Thinking Books - References and Reviews

by: Alexander Osterwalder

At the moment I am completely immersed in reading about visual thinking for my upcoming book on business model innovation. Do you wonder what the connection is? Well, the book I'm working on will be very visual and practical, containing only the very necessary text...

Visual tools are an increasing must in the executive toolbox - particularly when you think of all those terrible ppt-decks and never-read-business-plans full of text and numbers.

Let me briefly share some of the literature I have been looking into the last few days:

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What is a Business Model?

by: Alexander Osterwalder

Update: Based on the overwhelming interest this post got, I updated and republished the version from 2005.

A business model is nothing else than a representation of how an organization makes (or intends to make) money. This can be nicely described through the 9 building blocks illustrated in the graphic below, which we call "business model canvas".

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Applying Business Model Thinking

by: Alexander Osterwalder

The last 2 weeks I had a couple of interesting meetings in Amsterdam and Zurich with business people who apply business model thinking in very different domains. These meetings are part of my quest to understand how people use the concept of business models (BM). It was also a pleasure to see how three of the five use my business model canvas (9 building block approach) to fit their professional needs.

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'The Wall is the Desk of the Future'

by: Alexander Osterwalder

Last Friday I ran a workshop on business model innovation with the management of one of the 5 regions of a top Swiss bank. In the break-out session the bankers split into groups and were supposed to work on huge posters to sketch-out the business model of an innovative bank. That is when I realized how uncommon it still is for executives to think visually and use the wall/poster as a visual thinking aid.

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Best Management Book 2009: 'Business Model Innovation' by Osterwalder & Pigneur, Produced by ULURU

by: Alexander Osterwalder

The title of this blogpost is probably a bit cocky and it would certainly be completely off the mark if it were just about another management book...

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Video: Business Model Innovation in Private Banking

by: Alexander Osterwalder

This week I participated in a high-level panel on strategic and operational private banking models in the 21st century in Zurich Switzerland. I talked about business model innovation in private banking (not meaning the innovative financial products that provoked the current financial turmoil, of course).

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Marc Laperrouza on Mobile Telephony in China (LIFT'08)

by: Alexander Osterwalder

This post might be a little outside of my usual scope. However, I think
the video shot at the LIFT conference with my friend Marc Laperrouza,
nicely puts the spotlight on Asia, the most important region of
tomorrow's world. Marc gives some particularly interesting insights
into Asia's telecom sector.

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Draft Business Model Innovation Manual (beta version)

by: Alexander Osterwalder

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Professor Henry Chesbrough on Open Innovation and Open Business Models

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