Dynamics of Institutional Mechanisms in Enterprise-wide Information Systems Architecture

Description

Information systems (IS) architecture is an effort to make local, short-term IS investment decisions in line with enterprise-wide, long-term objectives. Even though existing theories on IS architecture dominantly promote a centralized decision making structure, this project takes a distinctive approach and spotlights the phenomenon of “effective collaboration” (no matter which structure is adopted). The latter examines how dynamically effective collaboration emerges over time in a longitudinal dyadic interplay among institutional mechanisms.

Due to existing merely deterministic and prescriptive approaches to IS architecture, this project sheds light on a need for a distinctive theorization that accounts for an “effective collaboration” among different local units. The phenomenon of effective collaboration aims to balance divergent, short-time local requirements to produce holistic, long-term solutions; a process which is contextual, emergent, and probabilistic in nature. To this end and through a mixed methods research design, this study examines effective collaboration from two distinctive, but inter-related perspectives. The first part of the project employs a static approach to explain which institutional factors determine the adoption of effective collaboration in enterprise-wide IS architecture (guided by institutional theory). The second part of the project, in turn, exploits a dynamic approach to explain how effective collaboration in enterprise-wide IS architecture emerges over time (guided by archetype theory). Finally, this project combines both static and dynamic explanations to triangulate the generated theory on effective collaboration in enterprise-wide IS architecture.

This project goes beyond existing conceptualizations of enterprise-wide IS architecture and uncovers its new aspects. Beyond the existing deterministic prescriptions, this study conceptualizes enterprise-wide IS architecture as an emergent process through which organizations continuously strive for achieving effective collaboration. As the proposed research project investigates one of the key priorities of IS managers, the results will be communicated with Swiss practitioners, in the structure of our existing regular gatherings with practitioners, and will be used to improve the database of case studies and eventually improve curriculum and pedagogical strategies in the relevant courses at the University of St. Gallen.

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Commencement Date1 June 2016
Contributors Winter, Prof. Dr. Robert (Project Manager); Aier, Prof. Dr. Stephan (Project Manager); Haki, Prof. Dr. Kazem (Project Worker); Brosius, Maximilian (Project Worker) & Schilling, Raphael (Project Worker)
Datestamp 31 Aug 2016 06:55
Institute/School IWI - Institute of Information Management
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Completion Date 31 May 2019
Publications 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.
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.
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.
Brosius, Maximilian; Haki, Kazem; Aier, Stephan & Winter, Robert: A Learning Perspective on Enterprise Architecture Management. 2016. - 37th International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2016). - Dublin, Ireland.
Schilling, Raphael; Haki, Kazem & Aier, Stephan: Introducing Archetype Theory to Information Systems Research: A Literature Review and Call for Future Research. 2017. - 13th International Conference on Wirtschaftsinformatik (WI 2017). - St. Gallen, Switzerland.
Schilling, Raphael; Aier, Stephan; Brosius, Maximilian; Haki, Kazem & Winter, Robert: Extending CCM4DSR for Collaborative Diagnosis of Socio-Technical Problems. In Maedche, Alexander; Brocke, Jan vom & Hevner, Alan (ed.): Designing the Digital Transformation. Cham : Springer, 2017, S. 247-263.
Hacks, Simon; Brosius, Maximilian & Aier, Stephan: A Case Study of Stakeholder Concerns on EAM. 2017. - Trends in Enterprise Architecture Management (TEAR) hosted in Quebec.
Brosius, Maximilian; Aier, Stephan & Haki, Kazem: Introducing a Coordination Perspective to Enterprise Architecture Management Research. 2017. - Trends in Enterprise Architecture Management (TEAR) hosted in Quebec. - Quebec City.
Schilling, Raphael; Beese, Jannis; Haki, Kazem; Aier, Stephan & Winter, Robert: Revisiting the Impact of Information Systems Architecture Complexity: A Complex Adaptive Systems Perspective. 2017. - Thirty Eighth International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2017). - Seoul, South Korea.
Beese, Jannis; Haki, Kazem; Aier, Stephan & Winter, Robert (2018) Simulation-Based Research in Information Systems: Epistemic Implications and a Review of the Status Quo. Business & information systems engineering : BISE, 61 (4). 503-521. ISSN 2363-7005
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.
Schilling, Raphael: Theories to Understand the Dynamic Nature of Enterprise Architecture. 2018. - 13th Trends in Enterprise Architecture Workshop (TEAR 2018). - Stockholm, Sweden.
Brosius, Maximilian; Aier, Stephan; Haki, Kazem & Winter, Robert: The Institutional Logic of Harmonization: Local vs. Global Perspectives. In Aveiro, David; Guizzardi, Giancarlo; Guerreiro, Sérgio & Guédria, Wided (ed.): Advances in Enterprise Engineering XII: 8th Enterprise Engineering Working .... Cham : Springer Nature, 2019, S. 3-17.
Schilling, Raphael; Haki, Kazem & Aier, Stephan: Dynamics of Control Mechanisms in Enterprise Architecture Management: A Sensemaking Perspective. 2018. - Thirty Ninth International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2018). - San Francisco, USA.
Brosius, Maximilian; Aier, Stephan; Haki, Kazem & Winter, Robert: Enterprise Architecture Assimilation: An Institutional Perspective. 2018. - Thirty Ninth International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2018). - San Francisco, CA.
Schilling, Raphael; Aier, Stephan & Winter, Robert: Designing an Artifact for Informal Control in Enterprise Architecture Management. 2019. - Fortieth International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2019). - Munich, Germany.
HSG Profile Area SoM - Business Innovation
Keywords enterprise-wide information systems architecture, enterprise architecture, institutional theory, archetype theory, mixed methods
Funders SNF – National Research Project
Id 247310
Project Range Institute/School
Reference Number 100018_165607
Project Status ongoing
Project Type fundamental research project
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