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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.
   
tipo papier de conférence (English)
   
progetto A Design Theory for Architectural Coordination of Enterprise Transformations (ACET)
nome della conferenza 7th Workshop, TEAR 2012, and 5th Working Conference, PRET 2012 at The Open Group Conference 2012 (Barcelona)
data della conferenza 01-07-2012
editore dei proceedings Trends in Enterprise Architecture Research and Practice Driven Research on Enterprise Transformation
pagine 111–128
volume / edizione LNBIP 131
Editore 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.