e3value user manual, first release

Chapter 2
Value Networks

A value network is a collection of independent actors offering something of value to a market by engaging in economic exchanges.

The actors in a value network may be

Members of the network may be partners or competitors of each other. The characteristic features of a value network are that its actors are economically independent, engage in economic exchanges, and jointly offer something of value to their environment.

A value network consists of actors, including the customer who consumes the offering of the network. Actors may be grouped in market segments. Each actor performs one or more value-adding activities. The actors are related by commercial transactions.

In this chapter, we explain these concepts and illustrate how they are modeled in e3value .

 2.1 Actors
 2.2 Market segments
 2.3 Value activities
 2.4 Partnerships