Enterprise Architecture Artifacts as Boundary Objects - A Framework of Properties

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This paper uses the concept of boundary objects to derive hypotheses for the design of Enterprise Architecture (EA) artifacts. Boundary objects are a useful concept to understand the coordinative role of artifacts in practice, making them a proper vehicle to analyze how EA artifacts can be designed to support communication and coordination during enterprise transformation. Since enterprise transformation projects typically involve multiple communities of practice, communication and coordination are important success factors.The paper combines a theoretical with a practice-oriented perspective: In a first step, a set of 11 boundary object properties is identified via a structured literature review. In a second step, this set of properties is discussed and extended in a focus group of nine enterprise architects, leading to a final set of 12 properties. Finally, the set of boundary object properties is linked to three classes of EA artifacts (repositories, matrices, and diagrams) from the TOGAF framework, and hypotheses are derived for the design of EA artifacts in order to become boundary objects capable of crossing a given knowledge boundary (syntactic, semantic, pragmatic). These hypotheses argue for a common syntax, stability and the provision of community-specific views.

Authors Abraham, Ralf
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 5 June 2013
Publisher Association for Information Systems
Place of Publication AIS Electronic Library (AISeL)
Page Range 120
Title of Book Proceedings of the 21st European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS 2013)
Event Title 21st European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS) 2013
Event Location Utrecht, Netherlands
Event Dates 06.-08.06.2013
ISBN 978-90-393-6112-2
Official URL http://aisel.aisnet.org/ecis2013_cr/120/
Depositing User Ralf Abraham
Date Deposited 11 Jun 2013 18:12
Last Modified 20 Apr 2017 11:30
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/223501



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Abraham, Ralf: Enterprise Architecture Artifacts as Boundary Objects - A Framework of Properties. 2013. - 21st European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS) 2013. - Utrecht, Netherlands.


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