Business network information ecological chain: A new tool for building ecological business environment in IoT era

Xiaojun Xu, Wu He, Ping Yin*, Xiaobo Xu, Yuting Wang, Haitao Zhang

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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to present a new tool, business network information ecological chain (BNIEC) aiming to solve the current information problems in business network, make more profits to business websites and to maintain the sustainable development of the business network environment in Internet of Things (IoT) era. Design/methodology/approach – From multi-disciplinary perspectives, learning from the knowledge in information ecology, economics, the IoT and system theory, this paper first analyzes the positioning of BNIEC in different subjects. Second, it proposes the definition, components and characteristics of BNIEC and designs the BNIEC concept map helping to understand the BNIEC system. Last, this paper builds the structural model and the information flow models of BNIEC. Findings – The study first presents the concept of BNIEC and based on the trans-disciplinary point of view, builds the structure model of BNIEC from three aspects: nodes, relations among nodes and link modes and illustrates the model using the knowledge from the system theory. Also, it builds two kinds of the information flow models by the related information knowledge in IoT. Originality/value – This paper aims to introduce not only a new tool but an ecological idea to business network companies, to create a pleasant network environment, more than that, to make more benefits for themselves. Meanwhile, it has important significance in the sustainable development of the business network environment, business websites, business network information resources and information technology. Especially in today’s IoT era, it shows an ecological thinking to solve the information problems in business network that we may face in the future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)446-459
Number of pages14
JournalInternet Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 4 Apr 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Business network
  • Information ecological chain
  • Information management
  • Structure model
  • System theories
  • The Internet of Things

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