Today, nearly all organisations are struggling to set up a Digital Transformation Factory to quickly and efficiently mitigate disruption and to identify their own need for change and subsequently implement those changes in the organization. Change is a constantly ongoing process and it must be given the same attention as maintaining business as usual.

The 4Dimensions™ Transformation Framework is built around four essential P’s of change: Platform, Planning, People and Process. When orchestrating the change, a business must work simultaneously and evenly on all the four dimensions to succeed. But it is also a journey to develop the change competence; start simple and mature over time!

The 4Dimensions™ Transformation Framework illustrates the dynamics of the business transformation. If there is a change in one part of the model, there will probably be changes in other parts of the model too. For people working with change, it is important that they not only understand the business dynamics, but also, they understand the planning and execution activities needed for implementing the change.

Each of the 4 dimensions has been assigned a colour, which will make it easy to identify in which dimension a topic will originate.

The (Business) Platform Dimension contains the assets needed for the business to fulfil its mission.

The Planning Dimension contains the activities needed for defining the changes to business platform.

The People Dimension describes the competences that will be needed for executing the planning activities.

The Process Dimension contains the disciplines the business needs to master to orchestrate the transformation
(i.e. facilitate the three other dimensions).

Control Parameters for a Dimension

Each of the Platform, Planning and People Dimensions are associated with 3 control parameters.

The Control Parameters of a Dimension is used to manage the performance of a Dimension.

The schematic drawing below tells us, that the parameter set X, Y and Z are used to control this Dimension.

Drill-down of a Dimension

Each of the Platform, Planning and People Dimensions can be detailed in 3 Perspectives, which each represents a specific subject in the Dimension.

Here the Dimension is detailed further in the Perspectives A, B and C.

A Perspective can be detailed further down into 4 Themes. Here Perspective A has the Themes 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A and Perspective B hast the themes 1B, 2B, … etc.

The rational is; if there are changes to one theme in a perspective, there will probably also be changes to the
other themes in the perspective – and presumably also in themes in the other perspectives and dimensions.


Each of the Dimensions represents an analytical framework. The Platform, Planning and People Dimensions are not just a list of Themes: Assets, Activities and Competences. It also represents the business dynamics. If one Theme is changed it will probably also imply a change in one of the other Themes in the dimension. There will then be a distinct way to start the analysis, because all the themes are interconnected.

An Approach is a way to start analysing or describing a Dimension (i.e. Platform, Planning or People Dimensions).

For each of the Platform, Planning and People Dimensions there will be 4 Approaches (α, β, δ or γ) to analyse the Dimension. There are specific rules for which approach to use in a specific situation.

The use of one Approach does not exclude a subsequent use of other Approaches.


Views, just like perspectives are a grouping of Themes within a common subject, the themes can also be grouped across Perspectives.

A View is a logical relation between them in different perspectives of the same Dimension.

The simple Views consist of Themes in the same position in the 2 perspectives. This is illustrated be the identical colouring of themes; 1A,1B, 1C and 2A, 2B, … etc.

However, it will also be possible to define more complex Views by other groupings of Themes.


The Process Dimension consists of 5 Disciplines that the Transformation Organisation needs to master to execute the Business Transformation by processing the Dimensions, Perspectives and Themes.

The Discipline is the bottom bar in the framework – i.e. the foundation for processing the other three Dimensions (Platform, Planning and People Dimensions).

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