Welcome to my blog!
I started a Ph.D. research in the beginning of 2012 and will use this blog to post any news and interesting stuff regarding my research. The topic of my research is Enterprise Architecture as a Management Instrument. I’m fascinated by this subject and would like to provide the EA-community with insights and tools to become more effective in supporting Senior Management.
There is broad consensus in literature that Enterprise Architecture (EA) is supposed to support senior management to take the right decisions in realizing a corporate strategy, to align different business transformation programs, to align business and IT and to make sure that all programs and projects comply with the overall corporate strategy.
The question arises to what extent senior managers actually make use of EA. From my own experience I believe the use is rather limited allthough growing. What are the reasons behind this? Are typical EA related concerns like integration, complexity and coherence not important for senior management or do they have other sources of information to take decisions on these concerns? Does EA address the wrong concerns? How can EA become more effective, i.e. more relevant and usable for senior management?
My main research question is:
How can enterprise architecture become effective for senior management?
The objective of this research is to provide the enterprise architecture community with insights and models to become more effective in reaching out to senior management and support them in decision making.
Research questions to be answered:
- How does senior management deal with EA-related concerns?
- What are these concerns?
- How does decision making takes place regarding these concerns?
- What kind of information sources are used to address these concerns?
- How should information be communicated to be effective for senior management in addressing these concerns?
- How should EA support look like to become effective in addressing EA-related concerns from senior management?
- What kind of support does EA offer for these concerns?
- How does EA communicate with senior management?
- What determines the effectiveness of EA support for senior management?
- What is the relationship between EA maturity and the effective use of enterprise architecture in addressing EA-related concerns from senior management?
- What is EA maturity?
- In what way does EA maturity influence the relationship between EA support and EA-related concerns?
In the next couple of weeks I will discuss my proposal with different people. If you have any ideas about my subject please feel free to share them with me. Suggestions as to what literature to include are more than welcome!