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A Comparative Analysis of Enterprise Modeling Approaches for Modeling Business Strategy
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
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2013 (English)In: PoEM Short Papers 2013: Short Paper Proceedings of the 6th IFIP WG 8.1 Working Conference on the Practice of Enterprise Modeling (PoEM 2013) / [ed] Janis Grabis, Marite Kirikova, Jelena Zdravkovic, Janis Stirna, 2013, 193-204 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

A gap in the alignment of business and IT lies between strategy and IS, despite the advancements of enterprise modeling. The objective of our study is to compare various enterprise modeling approaches with respect to their ability to capture and represent strategy notions. This includes identifying strategy notions from established business strategy formulations within Strategic Management, which are expressed in the Unified Business Strategy Meta Model. The interdisciplinary nature of the study constitutes a research challenge due to the significant difference on the levels of abstraction between Strategic Management and IS. To the best of our knowledge, no similar effort has been undertaken, therefore, the outcome of this study will provide the enterprise modeling community with a basis to address strategy and IS alignment linking strategic objectives and intentions to information systems.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. 193-204 p.
Series
CEUR Workshop Proceedings, ISSN 1613-0073 ; 1023
Keyword [en]
Business Strategy, UBSMM, Enterprise Modeling, EKD, iStar, e3value, BMO
National Category
Information Systems
Research subject
Computer and Systems Sciences
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-95929ISBN: 978-3-642-41640-8 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-95929DiVA: diva2:662462
Conference
6th IFIP WG 8.1 Working Conference on the Practice of Enterprise Modeling (PoEM 2013), Riga, Latvia, November 6-7, 2013
Available from: 2013-11-07 Created: 2013-11-07 Last updated: 2014-03-31Bibliographically approved
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1. Model-driven Alignment: Linking Business Strategy with Information Systems
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2014 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Information technology (IT) is more pervasive than ever before, constituting a significant factor for performance and survival in the business arena. It is essential that IT within organizations understands what the Business needs in order to provide the necessary support and bring value, which is also true when IT is also the main value creator. Therefore, alignment between the Business and IT within organizations is an issue of great concern and it is still open for solvency both for business and IT executives and practitioners.

This work is scoped to the alignment linkage between business strategy and information systems (IS), where business strategy typically constitutes the primary exponent of the Business and IS typically encapsulates the elements of IT sustaining an organization. Current approaches are either focused on detailed aspects of IS and treat business strategy abstractly or use distinct business strategy formulations (e.g. Value Chain) but deal with IS only partially. This is problematic because the abstract use of business strategy hinders traceability of strategic intentions and initiatives towards features/aspects of IS, which are aimed to actualize and support such intentions. Because approaches using distinct business strategy formulations are not relevant to all organizations and are limited only to the IS aspects addressed.

Introducing a model-driven approach for the alignment linkage is aimed at addressing the outlined shortcomings. Following a design science research paradigm, the main artifact developed is the Unified Business Strategy Meta-Model (UBSMM), which is based on conceptualizing established business strategy formulations (e.g. Value Chain) and integrating them. UBSMM supports mappings to IS models used in organizations, such as IS requirements, enterprise models and enterprise architecture, and provides unambiguous utilization of business strategy for the alignment linkage.

Contributions of this thesis are grounded both on the process of building UBSMM and mapping to IS models, as well as the artifact itself. Conceptualizing and integrating business strategy formulations provides a less ambiguous and unified view of strategic concepts. This limits variations in interpretation and reinforces mappings to IS models, which are defined based on inter-schema properties across models. Therefore, UBSMM can link business strategy to IS models enhancing their communication in a traceable manner, ergo, support alignment.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Department of Computer and Systems Sciences, Stockholm University, 2014. 113 p.
Series
Report Series / Department of Computer & Systems Sciences, ISSN 1101-8526 ; 14-008
Keyword
Alignment, Business, Strategy, Information, Systems, Requirements, IS, Enterprise, Models, Modeling
National Category
Information Systems, Social aspects
Research subject
Computer and Systems Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-102214 (URN)978-91-7447-891-4 (ISBN)
Public defence
2014-05-05, sal B, Forum, Isafjordsgatan 39, Kista, 13:00 (English)
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At the time of the doctoral defense, the following papers were unpublished and had a status as follows: Paper 10: Submitted. Paper 11: Accepted.

Available from: 2014-04-14 Created: 2014-03-28 Last updated: 2014-04-08Bibliographically approved

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