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A Model for Literature on Enterprise Architecture

Link: http://coherencyarchitect.com/2011/07/31/a-model-for-literature-on-enterprise-architecture/

I have been working with several different perspectives on governance, strategy, it architecture and enterprise architecture. I have read several books on the three topics and as such I have been able to build a model for categorizing the literature.

The Model

The model is segmented into three different levels and three different categories. The first (vertical) category deals with information and how information is used. The second (vertical) category deals with strategy (you shouldn’t articulate a strategy that isn’t based on information). The third category (vertical) is about innovation since strategy is often about doing new things and do them well in order to move the enterprise.

The categories that are horizontal deals with different perspectives and as such as economy, organization and technology. There are some “blank” spaces in between the three horizontal categories and as such these should be seen as in the spectra of the three perspectives.

The various authors that I have organized in the model have been mentioned under the Harvard source notation standard e.g. Beer (1994).

The model is essentially constructed upon the same principles as Leavitt’s model for organizational and technological alignment which means that I can only recommend the reader to read books with-in all of the perspectives in order to gain a holistic understanding of what Enterprise Architecture is all about. The model is of course a simplification of the reality.

Feel free to contact me if you feel that other books should be added to the model. You can contact me by comment this blog post or using the contact form.


Anderson, R.J., 2008. Security Engineering: A Guide to Building Dependable Distributed Systems 2nd ed., Wiley.

Andrew, J.P. & Sirkin, H.L., 2007. Payback: Reaping the Rewards of Innovation 1st ed., Harvard Business School Press.

Atkinson, A.A. et al., 2007. Management Accounting 5th (2007) ed., Upper Saddle River: Pearson Education.

Baldwin, E.C., M, 2007. Managing IT Innovation for Business Value: Practical Strategies for IT & Business Managers: Practical Strategies for IT and Business Managers, INTEL PRESS.

Beer, S., 1994a. Brain of the Firm 2nd ed., John Wiley & Sons.

Beer, S., 1994b. The Heart of Enterprise New edition., John Wiley & Sons.

Bernard, S., A., 2005. An Introduction To Enterprise Architecture: Second Edition 2nd ed., AuthorHouse.

Broadbent, M. & Kitzis, E., 2004. The New CIO Leader: Setting the Agenda and Delivering Results, Harvard Business School Press.
Brynjolfsson, E. & Saunders, A., 2009. Wired for Innovation: How Information Technology Is Reshaping the Economy, MIT Press.
Ciborra, C., 2004. The Labyrinths of Information: Challenging the Wisdom of Systems, OUP Oxford.
Dietz, J.L.G., 2006. Enterprise Ontology: Theory and Methodology, Springer.
Doucet, G. et al., 2009. Coherency Management: Architecting the Enterprise for Alignment, Agility and Assurance, International Enterprise Architecture Institute.

Finkelstein, S., Harvey, C. & Lawton, T., 2006. Breakout Strategy: Meeting the Challenge of Double-Digit Growth, McGraw-Hill Professional.

Graves, T., 2008. Real Enterprise Architecture: Beyond IT to the Whole Enterprise, Tetradian Books.

Hoogervorst, J.A.P., 2009. Enterprise Governance and Enterprise Engineering, Springer.

Hoverstadt, P., 2008. Fractal Organization: Creating Sustainable Organizations with the Viable System Model, John Wiley & Sons.

Land, M.O. et al., 2008. Enterprise Architecture: Creating Value by Informed Governance, Springer.

Kaplan, R.S. & Norton, D.P., 2006. Alignment: How to Apply the Balanced Scorecard to Corporate Strategy illustrated edition., Harvard Business School Press.

Kaplan, R.S. & Norton, D.P., 2008. Execution Premium. Linking Strategy to Operations for Competitive Advantage, Harvard Business School Press.

Kaplan, R. & Atkinson, A.A., 1998. Advanced Management Accounting 3rd ed., Pearson Education.

Krafzig, D., Banke, K. & Slama, D., 2004. Enterprise SOA: Service Oriented Architecture Best Practices 1st ed., Prentice Hall.

Mintzberg, H., Ahlstrand, P.B. & Lampel, J.B., 2008. Strategy Safari: The Complete Guide Through the Wilds of Strategic Management 2nd ed., Financial Times/ Prentice Hall.

Potts, C., 2008. fruITion: Creating the Ultimate Corporate Strategy for Information Technology illustrated edition., Technics Publications, LLC.

Potts, C., 2010. RecrEAtion: Realizing the Extraordinary Contribution of Your Enterprise Architects, Technics Publications, LLC.

Prahalad, C.K. & Krishnan, M.S., 2008. The New Age of Innovation: Driving Cocreated Value Through Global Networks, McGraw-Hill Professional.
Rogers, E.M., 2003. Diffusion of Innovations 5th ed., Simon & Schuster International.

Ross, J.W., Weill, P. & Robertson, D.C., 2006. Enterprise Architecture as Strategy: Creating a Foundation for Business Execution illustrated edition., Harvard Business School Press.

Stamp, M., 2005. Information Security: Principles and Practice, WileyBlackwell.

Skarzynski, P. & Gibson, R., 2008. Innovation to the Core: A Blueprint for Transforming the Way Your Company Innovates illustrated edition., Harvard Business School Press.

Wagter, R. et al., 2005. Dynamic Enterprise Architecture: How to Make It Work 1st ed., Wiley.

Watkins, M.D., 2003. The First 90 Days: Critical Success Strategies for New Leaders at All Levels First Edition., Harvard Business School Press.

Weill, P. & Ross, J., 2009. IT Savvy: What Top Executives Must Know to Go from Pain to Gain, Harvard Business School Press.

Weill, P. & Ross, J.W., 2004. IT Governance: How Top Performers Manage IT Decision Rights for Superior Results, Harvard Business School Press.

Weick, K.E., 2000. Making Sense of the Organization, WileyBlackwell.

Weick, K.E. & Sutcliffe, K.M., 2007. Managing the Unexpected: Resilient Performance in an Age of Uncertainty 2nd ed., Jossey Bass.

Woods, D. & Mattern, T., 2006. Enterprise SOA: Designing IT for Business Innovation 2nd ed., Sebastopol: O’Reilly Media, Inc.