Special Issue "Enterprise Architecture in the Digital Era"

A special issue of Information (ISSN 2078-2489). This special issue belongs to the section "Information Systems".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 November 2021) | Viewed by 7291

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Yoshimasa Masuda
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Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University (specially appointed)Computer Science Department, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Interests: Digital IT Strategy; Enterprise Architecture; Digital Platform; Internet of Things; Artificial Intelligence; Cloud computing; Data Architecture; Management and Leadership
Prof. Dr. Alfred Zimmermann
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Research Director of Herman Hollerith Center and Doctoral Program Services Computing, Faculty of Informatics, Reutlingen University, Germany
Interests: Software Architecture, Enterprise Architecture, Digital Enterprise

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Enterprise architecture (EA) is expected to contribute to the design of large integrated systems, that face a major technical challenge toward the era of Digital IT. From a comprehensive perspective, EA covers all enterprise artifacts—such as business, organization, applications, data, and infrastructure—to establish current architecture visibility and a future architecture/roadmap. EA frameworks need to address rapid change in the emerging new trends and requirements that affect EA, such as enterprise mobile IT, cloud computing, big data, Internet of Things (IoT), social tool and artificial intelligence (AI) in the Digital IT era.

Therefore, the purpose of this Special Issue is to cope with the remaining gaps in the literature and try to deploy the data driven or data informed approach of EA in digitization and digitalization efforts. Investigators in the field are invited to contribute with their original, unpublished works. Both research and review papers are welcome.

For this Special Issue, we welcome a wide range of original and high-quality EA papers, including both conceptual and empirically validated work (see our topic list). We seek papers which are original, innovative and which can extend existing EA concepts and approach. Excellent papers will push state of the art EA fields as best practice and further thinking in this field and advance our understanding of EA in the Digital IT era.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • EA in the digital IT era.
    • -Data Informed or Data Driven approach in digital transformation.
    • -IoT, AI and Cognitive Computing focused approach in digital transformation.
  • EA for intelligent platforms and ecosystems, intelligent products and services, intelligent assistants, and context and human-centered architecture.
  • EA and the context of Digital Strategy and Digital Governance.
  • EA artifacts in the digital IT era.
    • -Data Informed or Data Driven approach for digital transformations.
    • -IoT, AI focused approach in digital transformation.
  • The role of EA with information strategy in innovative and agile firms.
    • -Manufacturing industry, Healthcare industry, Financial industry, Robotics industry.
  • EA resources, competences, digital and data capabilities.
  • EA and organizational benefits with information.
  • EA as a facilitator of strategic alignment with digital and information strategy.
  • EA design and organizational information architecture.

Dr. Yoshimasa Masuda
Prof. Dr. Alfred Zimmermann
Guest Editors

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Towards a Human Capabilities Conscious Enterprise Architecture
Information 2021, 12(8), 327; https://doi.org/10.3390/info12080327 - 13 Aug 2021
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This conceptual paper argues that enterprise architecture (EA) should move towards a conscious human-centered conception of the enterprise. Employing the conceptual methodological approach of theory synthesis and drawing on the extant literature in enterprise architecture as well as pertinent social and organizational theories, [...] Read more.
This conceptual paper argues that enterprise architecture (EA) should move towards a conscious human-centered conception of the enterprise. Employing the conceptual methodological approach of theory synthesis and drawing on the extant literature in enterprise architecture as well as pertinent social and organizational theories, we suggested foundational propositions that could holistically serve as a theoretical lens for (re)viewing the foundations of EA within a progressive conscious enterprise agenda. The novel contribution of the paper is the introduction of human capabilities approach (HCA) as a method theory, to supplement systems and stakeholder theories, for design and evaluation of enterprise architecture in the modern enterprise. The paper concludes by showing the implications of the propositions for practitioners and researchers. Full article
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IT Process Alignment in Business Strategy: Examining the Role of Transactional Leadership and Organization Culture
Information 2021, 12(6), 237; https://doi.org/10.3390/info12060237 - 31 May 2021
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Information technology (IT) is a competitive path and offers the entrepreneurial opportunity of accumulating business knowledge in capturing consumer behavior. This study employed a conceptual framework to investigate the information processing facet of IT–business alignment under the impact mechanism of transactional leadership in [...] Read more.
Information technology (IT) is a competitive path and offers the entrepreneurial opportunity of accumulating business knowledge in capturing consumer behavior. This study employed a conceptual framework to investigate the information processing facet of IT–business alignment under the impact mechanism of transactional leadership in the manufacturing sector of Yunnan Province, China. Specifically, organization culture is taken as a moderating factor extracted from situational theory and has been highlighted as important in previous organizational research. This study aimed at investigating the impact of transactional leadership on IT–business process alignment and studying the moderating effect of organizational culture on the relationship between transactional leadership and IT–business process alignment. The empirical findings reveal that contingent reward and management by exception behaviors of entrepreneurs are significant drivers of IT–business process alignment. Furthermore, market culture had a moderating effect on the relationship between entrepreneurs’ transactional behaviors and IT–business process alignment. Similarly, hierarchy culture exerts a moderating effect on the path between contingent rewarding behavior and IT–business process alignment. Here, it exerts an insignificant moderating effect on the management by exception behavior and IT–business process alignment path. The study findings mainly reveal the association of transactional leadership with IT–business process alignment, along with the moderating role of organizational culture. This study contributes to the literature on business knowledge by showcasing empirical evidence—how information processing aids entrepreneurial behavior to capture market opportunities and consumer behavior. Full article
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Adaptive Enterprise Architecture for the Digital Healthcare Industry: A Digital Platform for Drug Development
Information 2021, 12(2), 67; https://doi.org/10.3390/info12020067 - 04 Feb 2021
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Enterprise architecture (EA) is useful for effectively structuring digital platforms with digital transformation in information societies. Moreover, digital platforms in the healthcare industry accelerate and increase the efficiency of drug discovery and development processes. However, there is the lack of knowledge concerning relationships [...] Read more.
Enterprise architecture (EA) is useful for effectively structuring digital platforms with digital transformation in information societies. Moreover, digital platforms in the healthcare industry accelerate and increase the efficiency of drug discovery and development processes. However, there is the lack of knowledge concerning relationships between EA and digital platforms, in spite of the needs of it. In this paper, we investigated and analyzed the process of drug design and development within the healthcare industry, together with related work in using an enterprise architecture framework for the digital era named the Adaptive Integrated Digital Architecture Framework (AIDAF), specifically supporting the design of digital platforms there. Based on this analysis, we evaluate a method and propose a new reference architecture for promoting digital platforms in the healthcare industry, with future specific aspects of them making effective use of Artificial Intelligence (AI). The practical and theoretical contributions include: (1) Streamlined processes through digital platforms in organizations. (2) Informal knowledge supply and sharing among organizational members through digital platforms. (3) Efficiency and effectiveness in planning production and business for drug development. The findings indicate that EA with digital platforms using the AIDAF contribute to digital transformation with effectiveness for new drugs in the healthcare industry. Full article
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International Strategic Management: A Conceptual Model with Top Managers’ Emotional Intelligence, Cultural Intelligence, and Networking
Information 2020, 11(12), 577; https://doi.org/10.3390/info11120577 - 10 Dec 2020
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The conceptual approach in this article follows and analyzes the holistic model of Kuivalainen, Sundqvist, Saarenketo, and McNaughton in 2012, making it analytically fitting to the SMEs’ international strategic groups concerning their international scale and scope. That model, according to our conceptual proposal, [...] Read more.
The conceptual approach in this article follows and analyzes the holistic model of Kuivalainen, Sundqvist, Saarenketo, and McNaughton in 2012, making it analytically fitting to the SMEs’ international strategic groups concerning their international scale and scope. That model, according to our conceptual proposal, needs a methodological readjustment to an effective conformity towards the cross-sectional research. Accordingly, we presented two main considerations. First, we put together a conceptual model, fitted towards the field of top managers’ psychological characteristics as major antecedent of the firms’ international strategy. Second, the proposed conceptual model is methodologically oriented for cross-sectional studies. In relation to the antecedents, we took top managers’ emotional intelligence and cultural intelligence as distinctive capabilities of the firms’ international strategy and as major antecedents of top managers’ networking behaviors. Regarding firms’ international performance as the major conceptual model outcome, a multidimensional approach is taken with financial, strategic, and overall performance. These elements of the international firms are regarded as of major importance within the international firms’ enterprise architecture. Methodologically, we performed a bibliographic review on the fundamental concepts that we present in the model. Concerning the results, we provided a research model that raised a whole set of new leads for research with some proposals for future investigations. Full article
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