Organization Diagram

Purpose: The purpose of the Organization Diagram template is to document the Organizational structure for a company or part of a company. Below, you can see an example of an Organizational Diagram describing the different departments of a company:


Core Concerns: The Organization Diagram template focuses on the documentation of organization units, positions and their interrelationships. The relationship between units illustrates responsibility. The example below of a regional office illustrates the levels of responsibilities between its different departments:


Relation to other templates: The Organization Units in the Organization Diagram can link to diagrams such as Business Process Networks, Business Process Diagrams, Workflow Diagrams, Business Canvas, Strategy Model and more. You decide what kind of information you want to be accessible through the organization diagram. To model the organization in relation to its environment for strategic purpose, you can use the Business Ecosystem template.

Properties and metadata: The Organization Diagram can for example retain the following information:

  • A description of the diagram
  • Link to the owner of the diagram
  • Link to the one responsible for the accuracy of the diagram
  • Audits (auto generated information regarding its current state and access rights)
  • Associated documents, diagrams and other objects
  • Inherent Risk detailing risk considerations
  • Governance information detailing information about the published diagram and who has been involved in the approval of the diagram
  • Project status: information about budgeted and actual man-hours spent, percentage completed and the latest milestone, result and quality control of a change process.

In the picture below, you can see the Organization Diagram’s properties dialogue window, where its properties can be viewed and edited:


Organization Viewpoint : Archimate

Concerns: Identification of competencies, authority, and responsibilities
Purpose: Designing, deciding, informing
Scope: Single layer/Single aspect

The organization viewpoint focuses on the (internal) organization of a company, department, network of companies, or of another organizational entity. It is possible to present models in this viewpoint as nested block diagrams, but also in a more traditional way, such as organizational charts. The organization viewpoint is very useful in identifying competencies, authority, and responsibilities in an organization.


Product Viewpoint : Archimate

Concerns: Product development, value offered by the products of the enterprise
Purpose: Designing, deciding
Scope: Multiple layer/Multiple aspect

The product viewpoint depicts the value that these products offer to the customers or other external parties involved and shows the composition of one or more products in terms of the constituting (business, application, or technology) services, and the associated contract(s) or other agreements. It may also be used to show the interfaces (channels) through which this product is offered, and the events associated with the product. A product viewpoint is typically used in product development to design a product by composing existing services or by identifying which new services have to be created for this product, given the value a customer expects from it. It may then serve as input for business process architects and others that need to design the processes and ICT realizing these products.


Application Cooperation Viewpoint : Archimate

Concerns: Relationships and dependencies between applications, orchestration/choreography of services, consistency and completeness, reduction of complexity
Purpose: Designing
Scope: Multiple layer/Multiple aspect

The application cooperation viewpoint describes the relationships between applications components in terms of the information flows between them, or in terms of the services they offer and use. This viewpoint is typically used to create an overview of the application landscape of an organization. This viewpoint is also used to express the (internal) cooperation or orchestration of services that together support the execution of a business process.

Abstraction Level
Coherence, details

Application layer

Behavior, active structure, passive structure