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Two Speeds of EAM – A Dynamic Capabilities Perspective

We discuss how enterprise architecture management (EAM) supports different types of enterprise transformation (ET), namely planned, proactive transformation on the one hand and emergent, reactive transformation on the other hand. We first conceptualize EAM as a dynamic capability to access the rich literature of the dynamic capabilities framework. Based on these theoretical foundations and observations from two case studies, we find that EAM can be configured both as a planned, structured capability to support proactive ET, as well as an improvisational, simple capability to support reactive ET under time pressure. We argue that an enterprise can simultaneously deploy both sets of EAM capabilities by identifying the core elements of EAM that are required for both capabilities as well as certain capability-specific extensions. We finally discuss governance and feedback mechanisms that help to balance the goals of flexibility and agility associated with dynamic and improvisational capabilities, respectively.
   
Genre papier de conférence (English)
   
Projet A Design Theory for Architectural Coordination of Enterprise Transformations (ACET)
nom de la conférence 7th Workshop, TEAR 2012, and 5th Working Conference, PRET 2012 at The Open Group Conference 2012 (Barcelona)
date de la conférence 01-07-2012
title of proceedings Trends in Enterprise Architecture Research and Practice Driven Research on Enterprise Transformation
page(s) 111–128
volume / édition LNBIP 131
maison d'édition Springer (Berlin, Heidelberg)
ISBN 978-3-642-34162-5
Review Double-Blind Review
   
citation Abraham, R., Aier, S., & Winter, R. (2012). Two Speeds of EAM – A Dynamic Capabilities Perspective. In Aier, S., Ekstedt, M., Matthes, F., Proper, E., & Sanz, J. L. (Eds.), Trends in Enterprise Architecture Research and Practice Driven Research on Enterprise Transformation, LNBIP 131, pp.111–128. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer. - ISBN 978-3-642-34162-5.