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A Design Theory for Architectural Coordination of Enterprise Transformation

Applicant Winter Robert
Number 136104
Funding scheme Project funding (Div. I-III)
Research institution Institut für Wirtschaftsinformatik Universität St. Gallen
Institution of higher education University of St.Gallen - SG
Main discipline Architecture and Social urban science
Start/End 01.08.2011 - 31.10.2014
Approved amount 550'274.00
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Keywords (4)

Enterprise Transformation; Enterprise Architecture; Coordination of Transformation; Design Theory

Lay Summary (English)

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Lay summary
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, i.e. on business strategy, business processes, information processing, and the underlying IT infrastructure.
Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 21.02.2013

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Publications

Publication
Architectural Coordination of Enterprise Transformation
Aier Stephan, de Kinderen Sybren (ed.) (2017), Architectural Coordination of Enterprise Transformation.
Crossing the line: overcoming knowledge boundaries in enterprise transformation
Abraham Ralf, Aier Stephan, Winter Robert (2015), Crossing the line: overcoming knowledge boundaries in enterprise transformation, in Business & Information Systems Engineering, 57(1), 3-13.
A Reference Model for the Information-Based Support of Enterprise Transformations
Labusch Nils, Aier Stephan, Winter Robert (2014), A Reference Model for the Information-Based Support of Enterprise Transformations, in Advancing the Impact of Design Science: Moving from Theory to Practice, Miami, FL.
Architectural Support of Enterprise Transformations: Insights from Corporate Practice
Labusch Nils, Aier Stephan, Rothenberger Marcus, Winter Robert (2014), Architectural Support of Enterprise Transformations: Insights from Corporate Practice, in Tagungsband Multikonferenz Wirtschaftsinformatik 2014, Paderborn.
Fail Early, Fail Often: Towards Coherent Feedback Loops in Design Science Research Evaluation
Abraham Ralf, Aier Stephan, Winter Robert (2014), Fail Early, Fail Often: Towards Coherent Feedback Loops in Design Science Research Evaluation, in Proceedings of the International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2014, Auckland.
Information Provision as a Success Factor in the Architectural Support of Enterprise Transformations
Labusch Nils, Aier Stephan (2014), Information Provision as a Success Factor in the Architectural Support of Enterprise Transformations, in Proceedings of the 16th IEEE Conference on Business Informatics, Geneva.
Strategy does not matter? Informationsbedarfe bei Unternehmenstransformationen
Labusch Nils, Aier Stephan, Winter Robert (2014), Strategy does not matter? Informationsbedarfe bei Unternehmenstransformationen, in OrganisationsEntwicklung – Zeitschrift für Unternehmensentwicklung und Change Management, 2, 98.
The Role of Organizational Culture for Grounding, Management, Guidance and Effectiveness of Enterprise Architecture Principles
Aier Stephan (2014), The Role of Organizational Culture for Grounding, Management, Guidance and Effectiveness of Enterprise Architecture Principles, in Information Systems And E-Business Management, 12(1), 43-70.
Beyond Enterprise Architecture Modeling – What are the Essentials to Support Enterprise Transformations?
Labusch Nils, Aier Stephan, Winter Robert (2013), Beyond Enterprise Architecture Modeling – What are the Essentials to Support Enterprise Transformations?, in EMISA 2013 Proceedings, St. Gallen, Switzerland.
Can boundary objects mitigate communication defects in enterprise transformation? Findings from expert interviews
Abraham Ralf, Niemietz Hella, de Kinderen Sybren, Aier Stephan (2013), Can boundary objects mitigate communication defects in enterprise transformation? Findings from expert interviews, in EMISA 2013 Proceedings, St. Gallen, Switzerland.
Enterprise Architecture Artifacts as Boundary Objects – A Framework of Properties
Abraham Ralf (2013), Enterprise Architecture Artifacts as Boundary Objects – A Framework of Properties, in Proceedings of the 21st European Conference on Information Systems, Utrecht, NL.
Institutionalization and the Effectiveness of Enterprise Architecture Management
Weiss Simon, Aier Stephan, Winter Robert (2013), Institutionalization and the Effectiveness of Enterprise Architecture Management, in Proceedings of the International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2013, Milan.
The Architects’ Perspective on Enterprise Transformation: An Explorative Study
Labusch Nils, Koebele Felix, Aier Stephan, Winter Robert (2013), The Architects’ Perspective on Enterprise Transformation: An Explorative Study, in PRET 2013, Springer LNBIP 151, Utrecht, NL.
Towards a Conceptualization of Architectural Support for Enterprise Transformation
Labusch Nils, Winter Robert (2013), Towards a Conceptualization of Architectural Support for Enterprise Transformation, in Proceedings of the 21st European Conference on Information Systems, Utrecht, NL.
Understanding Coordination Support of Enterprise Architecture Management – Empirical Analysis and Implications for Practice
Abraham Ralf, Aier Stephan, Labusch Nils, Winter Robert (2013), Understanding Coordination Support of Enterprise Architecture Management – Empirical Analysis and Implications for Practice, in Proceedings of the 19th Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS), Chicago, IL.
Understanding the Role of Organizational Culture for Design and Success of Enterprise Architecture Management
Aier Stephan (2013), Understanding the Role of Organizational Culture for Design and Success of Enterprise Architecture Management, in Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Wirtschaftsinformatik (WI 2013), Leipzig.
An Institutional Framework for Analyzing Organizational Responses to the Establishment of Architectural Transformation
Aier Stephan, Weiss Simon (2012), An Institutional Framework for Analyzing Organizational Responses to the Establishment of Architectural Transformation, in Proceedings of the 20th European Conference on Information Systems, Barcelona.
Architectural Coordination of Transformation: Implications from Game Theory
Abraham Ralf, Aier Stephan (2012), Architectural Coordination of Transformation: Implications from Game Theory, in Proceedings of the 7th Mediterranean Conference on Information Systems (MCIS 2012), Guimarães.
Development of Measurement Items for the Institutionalization of Enterprise Architecture Management in Organizations
Weiss Simon, Winter Robert (2012), Development of Measurement Items for the Institutionalization of Enterprise Architecture Management in Organizations, in TEAR 2012 and PRET 2012, Springer LNBIP 131, Barcelona.
Enterprise Architecture as a Means for Coordination – An Empirical Study on Actual and Potential Practice
Abraham Ralf, Aier Stephan, Labusch Nils (2012), Enterprise Architecture as a Means for Coordination – An Empirical Study on Actual and Potential Practice, in Proceedings of the 7th Mediterranean Conference on Information Systems (MCIS 2012), Guimarães.
Extending Enterprise Architecture Management into an Enterprise- Wide Coordination Service
Abraham Ralf, Aier Stephan (2012), Extending Enterprise Architecture Management into an Enterprise- Wide Coordination Service, in Proceedings der 74. Wissenschaftliche Jahrestagung des VHB, Bozen.
Facilitating Enterprise Transformation Through Legitimacy – An Institutional Perspective
Aier Stephan, Weiss Simon (2012), Facilitating Enterprise Transformation Through Legitimacy – An Institutional Perspective, in Tagungsband der MKWI 2012, Braunschweig.
Management of Large-Scale Transformation Programs: State of the Practice and Future Potential
Lahrmann Gerrit, Labusch Nils, Winter Robert, Uhl Axel (2012), Management of Large-Scale Transformation Programs: State of the Practice and Future Potential, in TEAR 2012 and PRET 2012, Springer LNBIP 131, Barcelona.
Method Support of Large-Scale Transformation in the Insurance Sector: Exploring Foundations
Labusch Nils, Winter Robert (2012), Method Support of Large-Scale Transformation in the Insurance Sector: Exploring Foundations, in TEAR 2012 and PRET 2012, Springer LNBIP 131, Barcelona.
Theory Foundations for Enterprise Architecture Management: Insights from Infrastructure-Related Economics
Labusch Nils, Aier Stephan, Winter Robert (2012), Theory Foundations for Enterprise Architecture Management: Insights from Infrastructure-Related Economics, in Proceedings der 74. Wissenschaftliche Jahrestagung des VHB, Bozen.
Two speeds of EAM – A Dynamic Capabilities Perspective
Abraham Ralf, Aier Stephan (2012), Two speeds of EAM – A Dynamic Capabilities Perspective, in Proceedings of the 7th Workshop on Trends in Enterprise Architecture Research (TEAR 2012), Barcelona.

Collaboration

Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
CRP Henri Tudor Luxembourg (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication

Scientific events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Title of article or contribution Date Place Persons involved
8th TEE Workshop: Transformation & Engineering of Enterprises Talk given at a conference Information Provision as a Success Factor in the Architectural Support of Enterprise Transformations 14.07.2014 Genf, Switzerland Aier Stephan;
Nemo Summer School, Erasmus Programme Talk given at a conference Modelling Aspects of Enterprise Transformation Management 14.07.2014 Klagenfurt, Austria Winter Robert;
Research Colloquium, Department of Industrial Information and Control Systems, KTH Stockholm Individual talk Architectural Coordination of Enterprise Transformation 11.06.2014 Stockholm, Sweden Aier Stephan;
Ninth International Conference on Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology (DESRIST 2014) Talk given at a conference A Reference Model for the Information-Based Support of Enterprise Transformations 22.05.2014 Miami, FL, United Arab Emirates Winter Robert;
Multikonferenz Wirtschaftsinformatik (MKWI) Talk given at a conference Architectural Support of Enterprise Transformations: Insights from Corporate Practice 26.02.2014 Paderborn, Germany Aier Stephan;
2013 International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2013) Talk given at a conference Institutionalization and the Effectiveness of Enterprise Architecture Management 15.12.2013 Milan, Italy Weiss Simon; Winter Robert;
5th International Workshop on Enterprise Modelling and Information Systems Architectures (EMISA 2013) Talk given at a conference Can boundary objects mitigate communication defects in enterprise transformation? Findings from expert interviews 05.09.2013 St. Gallen, Switzerland Aier Stephan; Abraham Ralf;
5th International Workshop on Enterprise Modelling and Information Systems Architectures (EMISA 2013) Talk given at a conference Beyond Enterprise Architecture Modeling – What are the Essentials to Support Enterprise Transformations? 05.09.2013 St. Gallen, Switzerland Aier Stephan;
The 19th Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS 2013) Talk given at a conference Understanding Coordination Support of Enterprise Architecture Management – Empirical Analysis and Implications for Practice 15.08.2013 Chicago, IL, United States of America Winter Robert;
The 21st European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS 2013) Talk given at a conference Enterprise Architecture Artifacts as Boundary Objects – A Framework of Properties 05.06.2013 Utrecht, Netherlands Abraham Ralf;
The 6th Workshop on Practice-driven Research on Enterprise Transformation (PRET-6) Talk given at a conference The Architects' Perspective on Enterprise Transformation: An Explorative Study 05.06.2013 Utrecht, Netherlands Aier Stephan; Winter Robert;
The 21st European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS 2013) Talk given at a conference Towards a Conceptualization of Architectural Support for Enterprise Transformation 05.06.2013 Utrecht, Netherlands Winter Robert;
The 11th International Conference on Wirtschaftsinformatik (WI 2013) Talk given at a conference Understanding the Role of Organizational Culture for Design and Success of Enterprise Architecture Management 27.02.2013 Leipzig, Germany Aier Stephan;
The 5th Workshop on Practice-driven Research on Enterprise Transformation (PRET-5) Talk given at a conference Management of Large-Scale Transformation Programs: State of the Art and Future Potential 23.10.2012 Barcelona, Spain Winter Robert;
The 5th Workshop on Practice-driven Research on Enterprise Transformation (PRET-5) Talk given at a conference Method Support of Large-Scale Transformation in the Insurance Sector: Exploring Foundations 23.10.2012 Barcelona, Spain Winter Robert;
The 7th Workshop on Trends in Enterprise Architecture Research (TEAR 2012) Talk given at a conference Two Speeds of EAM—A Dynamic Capabilities Perspective 23.10.2012 Barcelona, Spain Aier Stephan; Winter Robert;
The 7th Workshop on Trends in Enterprise Architecture Research (TEAR 2012) Talk given at a conference Development of Measurement Items for the Institutionalization of Enterprise Architecture Management in Organizations 23.10.2012 Barcelona, Spain Winter Robert;
11th International Conference on Perspectives in Business-Informaticcs Research (BIR 2012) Talk given at a conference Architecting the Enterprise - Current Practices and Future Directions 26.09.2012 Nizhny Novgorod, Russia Winter Robert;
The 7th Mediterranean Conference on Information Systems (MCIS 2012) Talk given at a conference Enterprise Architecture as a Means to Coordinate Transformation – An Empirical Study on Actual and Potential Practice 08.09.2012 Guimarães, Portugal Abraham Ralf;
The 7th Mediterranean Conference on Information Systems (MCIS 2012) Talk given at a conference Architectural Coordination of Transformation: Implications from Game Theory 08.09.2012 Guimarães, Portugal Abraham Ralf;
The 20th European Conference on Information Systems Talk given at a conference An Institutional Framework for Analyzing Organizational Responses to the Establishment of Architectural Transformation 10.06.2012 Barcelona, Spain Aier Stephan;
74. Wissenschaftliche Jahrestagung des Verbandes der Hochschullehrer für Betriebswirtschaft e. V. Talk given at a conference Extending Enterprise Architecture Management into an Enterprise-Wide Coordination Service 31.05.2012 Bozen, Italy Aier Stephan; Winter Robert;
74. Wissenschaftliche Jahrestagung des Verbandes der Hochschullehrer für Betriebswirtschaft e. V. Talk given at a conference Theory Foundations for Enterprise Architecture Management: Insights from Infrastructure-Related Economics 31.05.2012 Bozen, Italy Winter Robert; Aier Stephan;
Seventh International Conference on Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology (DESRIST 2012) Talk given at a conference Design Principles for Empowering Methods and Models for the Coordination of Enterprise Transformation 14.05.2012 Las Vegas, NV, United States of America Weiss Simon;
Multikonferenz Wirtschaftsinformatik 2012 Talk given at a conference Facilitating Enterprise Transformation Through Legitimacy – An Institutional Perspective 29.02.2012 Braunschweig, Germany Aier Stephan;
Fifth International Conference on Research and Practical Issues of Enterprise Information Systems (CONFENIS 2011) Talk given at a conference Using Empirical Foundations for Designing Enterprise Information System Solutions 16.10.2011 Aalborg, Denmark Winter Robert;


Knowledge transfer events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Date Place Persons involved
9. Commerzbank Architekturtag Talk 27.11.2014 Glashütten, Germany Abraham Ralf; Aier Stephan;
DW2014 Talk 17.11.2014 Zürich, Switzerland Aier Stephan;
DW2013 Talk 10.11.2014 Zürich, Switzerland Aier Stephan;
EAM-Workshop iteratec Talk 15.10.2014 München, Germany Winter Robert;
Innovationstag Barmenia Versicherungen Talk 25.08.2014 Wuppertal, Germany Aier Stephan;
BINT Architektentreffen: Produkte der Architekten für das Management Talk 11.07.2014 Winterthur, Switzerland Aier Stephan;
SITIC Round Table "Enterprise Architecture and Innovation: Synergy or Paradox? Talk 12.06.2014 Zürich, Switzerland Aier Stephan;
Facharchitektur in Banken Talk 05.05.2014 Leipzig, Germany Aier Stephan;
EAM-Workshop iteratec Talk 24.04.2013 München, Germany Winter Robert;
McKinsey Business Technology Award Talk 01.12.2012 Kitzbühel, Austria Winter Robert;
DW2012 Talk 12.11.2012 Zürich, Switzerland Weiss Simon; Aier Stephan; Winter Robert;
ITAMKO: IT-Architektur-Management-Konferenz Talk 17.10.2012 Wien, Austria Aier Stephan;
EAM Community Schweiz Talk 19.09.2012 Zürich, Switzerland Aier Stephan;
Iteratec IT-Bebauungsmanagement-Workshop Talk 25.04.2012 München, Germany Winter Robert;
Zühlke Late Afternoon Talk Talk 23.11.2011 Schlieren, Switzerland Winter Robert;
Daimler AG, EAM Summit Talk 26.10.2011 Höfen an der Enz, Germany Winter Robert;
Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue Talk 09.09.2011 Rüschlikon, Switzerland Winter Robert;


Self-organised

Title Date Place
St. Galler Anwenderforum: Unternehmensarchitektur und Transformation 04.06.2012 St. Gallen, Schweiz, Switzerland
St. Galler Anwenderforum: Unternehmensarchitektur und Transformation 07.11.2011 St. Gallen, Schweiz, Switzerland

Awards

Title Year
Junior Scientist Award 2013
Scientific Impact - Senior Scientist-Award 2012
Junior Scientist Award 2011

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