A Design Theory for Architectural Coordination of Enterprise Transformations (ACET)

Description

Present day enterprises are confronted with a continuously changing environment. These changes are due to globalisation, new technologies, regulations, novel business models, etc. Enterprises therefore need to transform themselves regularly to meet these new challenges, while senior management of these enterprises needs to make conscious decisions about the future design of "their" enterprise and the path to "get there". Such transformations may range from changes in value propositions and business processes, via changes to the information systems used to support the business processes, to changes of the underlying IT infrastructures. Since most real world transformations are large, they need to be divided into smaller programs and projects. This raises the need for a coordination mechanism between smaller programs and projects to safeguard that all contribute towards the strategic goals set for the transformation as a whole.

Traditional project/programme management does not provide such coordination, as it focuses on typical project parameters such as budgets, resource use, deadlines, etc. As a result, projects are "invited" to conduct local, project specific optimizations. As a consequence, the results of these projects may actually not contribute to (or even hamper) the overall transformation goals. It has been the mission of the field of enterprise architecture to provide such coordination mechanisms. Ample research has been conducted on different elements of enterprise architecture, such as: frameworks, modelling languages, model analysis, etc. Each of these elements is a valuable component to set up an effective coordination mechanism for enterprise transformations. However, how to combine these elements into an effective method support for architectural coordination of transformations, has not received much research attention yet.

The challenge, which the ACET project aims to meet, is the development of a theoretically grounded methodology that is an effective means for architectural coordination of enterprise transformations. Due to the diversity of contexts and goals in enterprise transformation, this methodology needs to be systematically adaptable to the situation at hand, e.g. industry, size of the company, or dominant organizational culture. In doing so, the ACET project will primarily focus on the so-called Business-to-IT stack. In other words, the layered series of aspects: business strategy, business processes, information processing, and the underlying IT infrastructure.

Additional Informationsunspecified
Commencement Date1 August 2011
Acronym ACET
Contributors Winter, Prof. Dr. Robert (Project Manager); Aier, Prof. Dr. Stephan (Project Manager); Abraham, Dr. Ralf (Project Worker) & Weiss, Dr. Simon (Project Worker)
Datestamp 31 Aug 2016 06:40
Institute/School IWI - Institute of Information Management
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Completion Date 31 October 2014
Publications Aier, Stephan & Weiss, Simon: Facilitating Enterprise Transformation Through Legitimacy - An Institutional Perspective. 2012. - Multikonferenz der Wirtschaftsinformatik (MKWI) 2012. - Braunschweig.
Aier, Stephan & Weiss, Simon: An Institutional Framework for Analyzing Organizational Responses to the Establishment of Architectural Transformation. 2012. - 20th European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS) 2012. - Barcelona, Spain.
Fischer, Christian; Gregor, Shirley & Aier, Stephan: Forms of Discovery for Design Knowledge. 2012. - 20th European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS) 2012. - Barcelona, Spain.
Abraham, Ralf & Aier, Stephan: Architectural Coordination of Transformation: Implications from Game Theory. 2012. - 7th Mediterranean Conference on Information Systems (MCIS 2012). - Guimarães, Portugal.
Abraham, Ralf; Aier, Stephan & Winter, Robert: Two Speeds of EAM - A Dynamic Capabilities Perspective. 2012. - 7th Workshop on Trends in Enterprise Architecture Research (TEAR) 2012, and 5th Working Conference, PRET 2012 at The Open Group Conference 2012. - Barcelona.
Aier, Stephan; Ekstedt, Mathias; Matthes, Florian; Proper, Erik & Sanz, Jorge L. (ed.) : Trends in Enterprise Architecture Research and Practice-Driven Research on Enterprise Transformation: 7th Workshop, TEAR 2012, and 5th Working Conference, PRET 2012, Held at The Open Group Conference 2012, Barcelona, Spain, October 23-24, 2012. Proceedings. LNBIP 131. Berlin, Heidelberg : Springer, 2012, - ISBN 978-3-642-34162-5.
Aier, Stephan (2014) The Role of Organizational Culture for Grounding, Management, Guidance and Effectiveness of Enterprise Architecture Principles. Information Systems and e-Business Management, 12 (1). 43-70. ISSN 1617-9846
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.
Weiss, Simon & Winter, Robert: Development of Measurement Items for the Institutionalization of Enterprise Architecture Management in Organizations. 2012. - 7th Workshop, TEAR 2012, and 5th Working Conference, PRET 2012 at The Open Group Conference 2012. - Barcelona.
Aier, Stephan: EAM wirksam machen: Warum EAM kein Nischenprodukt sein kann und was es ausser guten Modellen und Methoden braucht. 36. St. Galler Anwenderforum. St. Gallen, 4 June 2012.
Aier, Stephan: Jenseits von Architekturframeworks: Was sollte eine Organisation mitbringen, um EAM verkraften zu können? EAM Community Schweiz. Zürich, 19 September 2012.
Aier, Stephan: Keynote: Referenzarchitekturen - Brauchen wir sie, und wenn ja, wie viele? Swiss IT Intelligence Community: Technical and Functional Reference Architectures. PostFinance, Zofingen, 20 September 2012.
Aier, Stephan: Jenseits von Methoden und Modellen: EAM in unterschiedlichen Unternehmenskulturen erfolgreich machen. ITAMKO: IT-Architektur-Management-Konferenz 2012. Wien, 17 October 2012.
Abraham, Ralf & Aier, Stephan: Extending Enterprise Architecture Management into an Enterprise-Wide Coordination Service. 2012. - 74. Wissenschaftliche Jahrestagung des Verbandes der Hochschullehrer für Betriebswirtschaft e. V. (VHB). - Bozen.
Aier, Stephan: Understanding the Role of Organizational Culture for Design and Success of Enterprise Architecture Management. 2013. - 11th International Conference on Wirtschaftsinformatik (WI 2013). - Leipzig, Germany.
Labusch, Nils & Winter, Robert: Towards a Conceptualization of Architectural Support for Enterprise Transformation. 2013. - 21st European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS) 2013. - Utrecht, Netherlands.
Labusch, Nils; Koebele, Felix; Aier, Stephan & Winter, Robert: The Architects' Perspective on Enterprise Transformation: An Explorative Study. 2013. - 6th Working Conference, PRET 2013. - Utrecht, The Netherlands.
Abraham, Ralf: Enterprise Architecture Artifacts as Boundary Objects - A Framework of Properties. 2013. - 21st European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS) 2013. - Utrecht, Netherlands.
Abraham, Ralf; Aier, Stephan; Labusch, Nils & Winter, Robert: Understanding Coordination Support of Enterprise Architecture Management - Empirical Analysis and Implications for Practice. 2013. - 19th Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS 2013). - Chicago, IL.
Abraham, Ralf; Niemietz, Hella; de Kinderen, Sybren & Aier, Stephan: Can boundary objects mitigate communication defects in enterprise transformation? Findings from expert interviews. 2013. - 5th International Workshop on Enterprise Modelling and Information Systems Architectures (EMISA 2013). - St. Gallen, Switzerland.
Labusch, Nils; Aier, Stephan & Winter, Robert: Beyond Enterprise Architecture Modeling - What are the Essentials to Support Enterprise Transformations? 2013. - 5th International Workshop on Enterprise Modelling and Information Systems Architectures (EMISA 2013). - St. Gallen, Switzerland.
Labusch, Nils; Aier, Stephan & Winter, Robert: Theory Foundations for Enterprise Architecture Management: Insights from Infrastructure-Related Economics. 2012. - 74. Wissenschaftliche Jahrestagung des Verbandes der Hochschullehrer für Betriebswirtschaft e. V. (VHB). - Bozen.
Weiss, Simon; Aier, Stephan & Winter, Robert: Institutionalization and the Effectiveness of Enterprise Architecture Management. 2013. - 34th International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2013). - Milano, Italy.
Lagerstroem, Robert; Baldwin, Carliss Y.; MacCormack, Alan D. & Aier, Stephan: Visualizing and Measuring Enterprise Application Architecture: An Exploratory Telecom Case. 2014. - 47th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS). - Waikoloa, HI, USA.
Labusch, Nils; Aier, Stephan; Rothenberger, Marcus & Winter, Robert: Architectural Support of Enterprise Transformations: Insights from Corporate Practice. 2014. - Multikonferenz Wirtschaftsinformatik 2014. - Paderborn.
Labusch, Nils; Aier, Stephan & Winter, Robert (2014) Strategy does not matter? Informationsbedarfe bei Unternehmenstransformationen. Organisationsentwicklung : Zeitschrift für Unternehmensentwicklung und Change Management, (2). 98. ISSN 0724-6110
Labusch, Nils; Aier, Stephan & Winter, Robert: A Reference Model for the Information-Based Support of Enterprise Transformations. 2014. - 9th International Conference on Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology (DESRIST 2014). - Miami, FL, USA.
Labusch, Nils & Aier, Stephan: Information Provision as a Success Factor in the Architectural Support of Enterprise Transformations. 2014. - 16th Conference on Business Informatics (CBI) 2014. - Geneva, Switzerland.
Aier, Stephan: Verhinderer oder Gestalter: Sollten wir die Rolle des Architekten weiter entwickeln? 41. St. Galler Anwenderforum. St. Gallen, 24 March 2014.
Aier, Stephan: Corporate Intelligence: Architekturunterstützung von Transformationen. BINT Architektentreffen: Produkte der Architekten für das Management. Winterthur, 7 November 2013.
Ahlemann, Frederik & Aier, Stephan: Streitgespräch: Wie tief muss die Facharchitektur modelliert werden? Facharchitektur in Banken. Leipzig, 5 May 2014.
Aier, Stephan: Warum Unternehmenstransformationen unausweichlich sind und wie wir damit umgehen. Innovationstag Barmenia Versicherungen. Wuppertal, 25 August 2014.
Abraham, Ralf; Aier, Stephan & Winter, Robert: Fail Early, Fail Often: Towards Coherent Feedback Loops in Design Science Research Evaluation. 2014. - 35th International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2014). - Auckland, New Zealand.
Aier, Stephan: Architectural Thinking: Rolling out long-term, holistic considerations in enterprises. 9. Commerzbank Architekturtag. Glashütten, 27 November 2014.
Abraham, Ralf; Aier, Stephan & Winter, Robert (2015) Crossing the line: overcoming knowledge boundaries in enterprise transformation. Business & Information Systems Engineering (BISE), 57 (1). 3-13. ISSN 2363-7005
Aier, Stephan; Labusch, Nils & Pähler, Patrick: Implementing Architectural Thinking: A Case Study at Commerzbank AG. 2015. - 27th International Conference, CAiSE 2015. - Stockholm.
Aleatrati Khosroshahi, Pouya; Aier, Stephan; Hauder, Matheus; Roth, Sascha; Matthes, Florian & Winter, Robert: Success Factors for Federated Enterprise Architecture Model Management. 2015. - 27th International Conference, CAiSE 2015. - Stockholm.
Epple, Johannes; Bischoff, Stefan & Aier, Stephan: Management Objectives and Design Principles for the Cost Allocation of Business Intelligence. 2015. - 19th Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS) 2015. - Singapore.
Winter, Robert & Aier, Stephan: Design Science Research in Business Innovation. In Hoffmann, Christian Pieter; Lennerts, Silke; Schmitz, Christian; Stölzle, Wolfgang & Uebernickel, Falk (ed.): Business Innovation: Das St. Galler Modell. Wiesbaden : Springer Gabler, 2016, S. 475-498.
Bischoff, Stefan; Aier, Stephan; Haki, Kazem & Winter, Robert (2015) Understanding Continuous Use of Business Intelligence Systems: A Mixed Methods Investigation. Journal of Information Technology Theory and Application (JITTA), 16 (2). 5-38. ISSN 1532-4516
Aier, Stephan; Weiss, Simon; Winter, Robert & Rytz, Bernhard: Untangling EA’s Long Path of Becoming a Partner for Business Transformation: The Case of Swiss Federal Railways. 2016. - 11th Workshop on Trends in Enterprise Architecture Research (TEAR) 2016. - Vienna.
Proper, Henderik A.; Winter, Robert; Aier, Stephan & de Kinderen, Sybren (ed.) : Architectural Coordination of Enterprise Transformation. Cham : Springer, 2017, DOI:10.1007/978-3-319-69584-6. - ISBN 978-3-319-69583-9.
Labusch, Nils; Aier, Stephan & Winter, Robert: A Major Transformation at a Global Insurance Company. In Proper, Henderik A.; Winter, Robert; Aier, Stephan & de Kinderen, Sybren (ed.): Architectural Coordination of Enterprise Transformation. Cham : Springer International Publishing - Springer, 2017, S. 15-20.
Abraham, Ralf; Weiss, Simon; Labusch, Nils; Aier, Stephan & Winter, Robert: Transformation Intelligence Capability Catalogue. In Proper, Henderik A.; Winter, Robert; Aier, Stephan & de Kinderen, Sybren (ed.): Architectural Coordination of Enterprise Transformation. Cham : Springer International Publishing - Springer, 2017, S. 175-181.
HSG Profile Area SoM - Business Innovation
Keywords Enterprise Transformation, Enterprise Architecture, Coordination of Transformation, Design Theory
Methods Design Science Research
Funders SNF Other
Partners CRP - Henri Tudor, Luxemburg
Id 206444
Project Range HSG Internal
Reference Number 100014E-136104
Project Status completed
Subjects other research area
Topics Enterprise Transformation, Enterprise Architecture, Coordination of Transformation, Design Theory
Project Type fundamental research project
URI http://acet.iwi.unisg.ch
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