What it is:
A value network is a system that organizations, departments, operating units or people use to do work, buy or sell products, or create plans that benefit the entire organization.
How it works (Example):
Research and development units, for example, are key components of many companies' value networks. By working with government agencies for vendors for supplies and talent, and internal marketing or development teams, the R&D department creates new goods and services that make more money for the company, help cure diseases or other social problems, and foster the growth of the third-party vendors. This is a value network.funding or approvals, third-party
Why it Matters:
A value network is like an ecosystem, and many analysts even map them out for presentation. Value networks contain many symbiotic relationships in which the participants all benefit in some way from their participation in the network. Similarly, if one part of the value network is weak, the rest of the network may suffer.