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Current Practices in Using Inter-Enterprise Architecture Models for the Management of Business Ecosystems

Research context

The ongoing digital transformation affects longstanding business models and creates opportunities for new ones that enable increasing the company’s profits and sales figures. Enterprise Architecture Management plays a crucial role in this transformation. It is responsible for transforming a company’s “as-is” IT landscape to a “to-be” IT landscape in accordance with an enterprise’s business strategy. Enterprise Architecture Management aims at giving a holistic view of the entire enterprise architecture with the help of enterprise architecture models. 

The increase of competition, not only between companies but also between supply chains and networks forces companies to align with stakeholders across the company's borders. Companies are not only trying to optimize their internal processes, but they also want to optimize their relationships with other organizations.

In order to facilitate these endeavors, researchers are investigating inter-enterprise architecture models. Figure 1 illustrates a schematic diagram of an inter-enterprise architecture (IEA) model. 

Figure 1: Inter-enterprise architecture models reflecting business ecosystems.

The notion of inter-enterprise architecture models is to store information that represents the dimensions such as Business, Information, Application, Technology, and complex relationships in between across organizational boundaries. Through this representation, these models allow us to get a comprehensive understanding of enterprise architecture as part of an overarching business ecosystem. Such a representation is essential to communicate and align required changes on an inter-enterprise level.

The intention of the survey

Recent studies ask for a more precise analysis of a practitioner’s perspective to evaluate the relevance and capabilities of inter-enterprise architecture models in managing their end-to-end business processes and value chains across enterprise boundaries.

Therefore, the survey at hand is designed to shed light on a practical perspective on current practices in using enterprise architecture models for inter-enterprise alignments and their added value for the management of business ecosystems. In total, the survey will take approximately 5 min to complete.

The results will be anonymized and used within a Ph.D. project in the field of EAM. The University of Innsbruck only provides contributions to this project. No private or commercial use of the results is foreseen. The survey will be recorded and it is foreseen to evaluate all acquired information systematically and to publish these within the scientific community. This survey will be conducted in the first half of 2020. Therefore, explicit consent is required. All personal details will be handled strictly confidential.

There are 19 questions in this survey.