Enterprise Architecture as a Means for Coordination - An Empirical Study on Actual and Potential Practice

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Enterprise architecture management (EAM) is considered a means to guide the alignment of business- and IT-related concerns from an enterprise-wide perspective. Our goal in this paper is to understand by which means EAM supports this coordination task today and potentially in the future. We designed a questionnaire and conducted an empirical study (n=95) with participants from the field of EAM. Based on common coordination mechanisms from literature, we analyze (1) the relation between coordination mechanism and their current EAM support, (2) to what degree participants are aware of opportunities of EAM supporting coordination mechanisms, and (3) what the perceived gap between potential and realized EAM coordination support is. An exploratory factor analysis leads to three factors that represent coordination mechanisms in enterprises. Using these factors, we group participating enterprises in three different clusters: (1) non-coordinators, (2) dominators and (3) negotiators. We find that a similar awareness of opportunities exists in all three clusters, yet there are gaps in the realization of EAM coordination support: non-coordinators show the lowest realization, negotiators the highest. Based on this clustering, we provide implications on further EAM development options.

Authors Abraham, Ralf; Aier, Stephan & Labusch, Nils
Research Team IWI1
Projects Winter, Prof. Dr. Robert; Aier, Prof. Dr. Stephan; Abraham, Dr. Ralf & Weiss, Dr. Simon (2011) A Design Theory for Architectural Coordination of Enterprise Transformations (ACET) [fundamental research project] Official URL
Language English
Subjects information management
HSG Classification not classified
Refereed Yes
Date 8 September 2012
Publisher AIS Electronic Library (AISeL)
Page Range 33
Title of Book MCIS 2012 Proceedings
Event Title 7th Mediterranean Conference on Information Systems (MCIS 2012)
Event Location Guimarães, Portugal
Event Dates 08.-10.09.2012
Publisher DOI http://aisel.aisnet.org/mcis2012/33
Depositing User Ralf Abraham
Date Deposited 18 Oct 2012 08:40
Last Modified 23 Aug 2017 09:17
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/217357



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Abraham, Ralf; Aier, Stephan & Labusch, Nils: Enterprise Architecture as a Means for Coordination - An Empirical Study on Actual and Potential Practice. 2012. - 7th Mediterranean Conference on Information Systems (MCIS 2012). - Guimarães, Portugal.


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