The evolution of the ExO model and the inception of purpose-driven ecosystems.

Updated: Sep 2

Autors: Roberto Mario DeStefano and Vittorio Sommella (Purpose Launchpad Mentor)


For my Economics Management and Global Policies Master’s Degree final thesis, I carefully studied the Exponential Organizations (ExO) model with the ultimate goal of understanding if it could be applied to SME's in the particular Italian landscape. Some very interesting findings have emerged so far from the empirical evidence. In particular, how the majority of the people interviewed (part of both Purpose Alliance and OpenExo Community) highlighted how the original model necessarily undergoes an evolution that leads to a purpose-driven ecosystem structure.

The search for a purpose is becoming an increasingly pervasive topic both at an academic and professional level. In particular: "Both individuals and organizations need to make sense of their existence. We need to do things that make us feel alive, that make us believe in what we do, that make us feel that what we do makes sense. "(Palao, Purpose Alliance 2021).

Considering the growing attention around this important subject, and thanks to the valuable guidance and contribution of Vittorio Sommella and some other members of this extraordinary community, I also wanted to deepen, the position of numerous prominent authors who have certainly validated and projected the purpose to certainly become one of the most relevant and discussed topics of these times of deep change:

• Simon Sinek in “Starting from a why” argues that few companies or people can clearly articulate why they do what they do;

• Gene Corfield of HBR (Harvard Business Reviews) presents how the purpose can be declined on 3 different levels;

• Microsoft's C.E.O. Satya Nadella, recently highlighted: "It is in times of great upheaval and uncertainty that our ability to stay grounded in our sense of purpose and stay true to our identity is of the utmost importance."

I hope you will enjoy these considerations and findings.