Transformation of Multi-level Systems - Theoretical Grounding and Consequences for Enterprise Architecture Management

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In this paper, we investigate the support of enterprise architecture management (EAM) for enterprise transformation. Conceptualizing enterprises as systems, we draw on two theories that investigate static and dynamic system aspects, respectively the theory of hierarchical, multi-level systems and control theory. From the theory of hierarchical, multi-level systems, we first introduce three orthogonal dimensions of hierarchy layers, strata, and echelons. We then position EAM as a cross-dimensional transformation support function in this there-dimensional hierarchy space. Finally, we draw on control theory to derive a model of control and feedback loops that enables a designed EAM support of system-wide transformations. Using this model, we propose to extend the multi-level systems theory by a set of interlinked feedback loops as a fourth dimension. A case study of transformation in the Portuguese air force serves as an example illustrating the usefulness of the two theories for describing enterprise transformation.

Authors Abraham, Ralf; Tribolet, José & Winter, Robert
Editors Proper, Erik; Aveiro, David & Gaaloul, Khaled
Research Team IWI1
Language English
Subjects information management
Institute/School IWI - Institute of Information Management
HSG Classification not classified
Refereed Yes
Date 13 May 2013
Publisher Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Place of Publication Berlin
Page Range 73-87
Number of Pages 15
Title of Book Advances in Enterprise Engineering VII
Event Title 3rd Enterprise Engineering Working Conference EEWC 2013
Event Location Luxembourg
Event Dates 13.-14.05.2013
ISBN 978-3-642-38116-4
Publisher DOI 10.1007/978-3-642-38117-1_6
Depositing User Ralf Abraham
Date Deposited 22 May 2013 20:25
Last Modified 08 Jun 2017 15:19
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/223028

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Abraham, Ralf; Tribolet, José & Winter, Robert: Transformation of Multi-level Systems - Theoretical Grounding and Consequences for Enterprise Architecture Management. 2013. - 3rd Enterprise Engineering Working Conference EEWC 2013. - Luxembourg.

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