"A Trusted Resource for Organizations forming Business-Side Business Architecture Practices."


The Institute takes a big-picture view of Business Architecture.

  • It recognizes the high-speed, high-stakes, highly complex, often ambiguous cross-organizational business environment in which the Business Architect operates.
  • It sees Business Architecture as a “business-side” activity using an MBA skillset and open and equal collaborative participation by subject matter experts and consultants from all parts of the organization coming together as a team to solve challenges and aggressively pursue market opportunities quickly, holistically and cost-effectively.
  • It recognizes the importance for this team to report directly to the CEO, or their executive-level designate, to ensure its work is not compromised by silo turf battles, which would cause sub-optimal solutions to be adopted, putting the organization in a competitively disadvantaged position in the marketplace. (Sort of like tying your OWN boxer’s hands behind their back before sending them into the ring – a dumb thing to do.) The power structures can be put back in place simply as a part of the post-design, pre-launch “Re-Empowerment™” phase. (Why CEOs Need Business Architects)

The Institute is the home of the Chicago School of Business Architecture®, a school of thought pioneered in 2001 by Paul Arthur Bodine, a licensed building architect and business leader. Paul felt “there was something missing from the corporate construct, which was resulting in unnecessary conflict, waste, workplace stress, job loss, and organizational failure, especially as business accelerates exponentially in the digital age”. His holistic strategic viewpoint recognizes the market awareness, vision, research, planning and coordination the architect role brings to building construction, and how this architect role can similarly help organizations to solve and actionalize complex challenges.

Mission Statement

The Institute serves the corporate, nonprofit, governmental, professional, and academic communities by:

    • Advocacy — an independent voice
      • Causing corporations, nonprofits and governments to adopt a Business Architecture program reporting to their CEO or executive-level designate.
      • Causing university MBA programs to adopt Business Architecture as a major, and a core required course within the curriculum.
    • Information and Guidance
      • Serving as a trusted resource for organizations forming business-side Business Architecture practices.
      • Publishing and disseminating the research and course content pioneered by Paul Arthur Bodine.
    • Industry Leadership
      • Providing support and recognition for those whose research and actions champion the Chicago School view.
    • Sustainability and Social Responsibility
      • Encouraging the adoption of improvements to the workplace environment, sustainability practices, and community service.
    • Trust
      • Committing to remain unswayed by compromising forces.
      • Engaging recognized business and academic leaders as champions.

Vision Statement

“On a mission to get a Business-Side Business Architecture course in every MBA program, a C-Level Business Architect reporting to the CEO in every corporation, and a member of their team embedded in every department by 2025.”


We define success as:

  • A Business Architecture course in every MBA program.
  • A C-level Business Architect reporting to the CEO designated in every corporation.
  • A member of their team embedded in every department.

End Game

Should the Institute be so successful as to fully accomplish its goals, the Institute will be closed and any monies remaining will be used to create a scholarship fund to encourage Ph.D. candidates to adopt theses that boldly address important issues fundamental to Business Architecture theory and practice.

How We Are Different

  1. The Institute takes a Business-Side view of Business Architecture.
  2. The Institute believes the Business Architecture team must report to the CEO or their executive-level designate, always asking, “Where are you trying to take the company and what will best help you to get it there?”
  3. The Institute does not provide education or training; our universities are the experts in this area.
  4. The Institute does not participate in testing, certification or licensing. We leave this to the competent industry organizations.
  5. We often get our message across by asking Socratic questions and illustrating incongruences to stimulate the debate and learning necessary for the Business Architecture community to advance.

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