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Theoretical Perspectives of Enterprise Architecture for Technological Transformation

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The purpose of this article is to investigate the completeness of the theoretical foundations of Enterprise Architecture (EA) by reviewing four selected disciplines from Management of Technology (MOT). Often theory on EA is based on prior EA
contributions or more distant contributions such as service science, semiotics, psycho-social constructs, business process analytics, and systems science. It is here argued that other theories might be more supportive to EA. The current article is based on a review of the MOT literature and a subsequent literature review within each of the four specialized disciplines. Furthermore, the article includes two qualitative, longitudinal case studies mapped onto the four disciplines. It is demonstrated that EA can benefit from theoretical positions closer to EA than usually selected. It is furthermore demonstrated that innovation and technology management significantly overlap EA, for which reason they could eventually be amalgamated. A model view is proposed where activities of EA are augmented with the four theoretical positions. EA is occasionally self-referential in its theoretical argument. As a research implication, this article suggests
aligning EA with closely-related activities of the enterprise. EA is often at risk in the enterprise to be retrospective towards changes. The suggested framework has practical implications in order to organize EA activities more collaboratively and cross-functionally; e.g., include marketing officers and librarians in EA teams. This article claims originality in its proposition to align EA with a multi-disciplinary approach derived from MOT.
TidsskriftJournal of Enterprise Architecture
Sider (fra-til)18-31
Antal sider14
StatusUdgivet - 1 jan. 2017

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