Department of Business Development and Technology

Enterprise architecture knowledge transfer and organizational empowerment

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  • Klaus Østergaard, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Torben Tambo
Enterprise Architecture (EA) is getting increasingly critical to organisations amid then momentum in the interest for digital transformation (DT) as essential for strategic corporate agendas. EA has traditionally largely resided in the strategic planning environments of the technology management functions of organisations. This has limited the general understanding of architecture and the insight from business units in opportunities and limitations of existing and future technological solutions. In this chapter, it is discussed how initiatives can be taken to bring more attention to the business units on EA and to incite architectural thinking. Central is training and coaching of corporate decision makers, strategic business planners, financial specialists, business developers, line managers and generally non-IT-profiles in architectural artifacts, structure, interrelationships, abstract levels and management. Architectural thinking relate to foundations, structure, sequence, prioritization, and precision in formulation of expected outcome. Key means relate to conversion. Conversion from business architecture to technology architecture. And vice versa. Also conversion from thinking in existing technologies to technologies of opportunity for digital transformation within existing and new business models. Consequences of change must be trained carefully as smaller as well as larger changes can lead to both success and failure dependent of the quality and resilience of the stipulated architectures. This chapter’s findings suggests that business specialists and enterprise architects can benefit from collocated training; that training activities in EA are both one-off training and recurring training, where the latter is giving a community of practice adding more to training.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnterprise Architecture and Service-Oriented Architecture
EditorsFrederik L. Sørensen
PublisherNova Science Publishers
Publication yearApr 2020
ISBN (print)9781536175882
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2020

    Research areas

  • Enterprise Architecture, learning, skills, competencies, Communities of Practice, organisational learning, enterprise architect

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