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Using enterprise architecture artefacts in an organisation

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)313-338
JournalEnterprise Information Systems
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


As a tool for management and planning, Enterprise Architecture (EA) can potentially align organisations’ business processes, information, information systems and technology towards a common goal, and supply the information required within this journey. However, an explicit view on why, how, when and by whom EA artefacts are used in order to realise its full potential is not defined. Utilising the features of information systems use studies and data from a case study with 14 EA stakeholder interviews, we identify and describe 15 EA artefact use situations that are then reflected in the related literature. Their analysis enriches understanding of what are EA artefacts, how and why they are used and when are they used, and results in a theoretical framework for understanding their use in general.


  • artefact, case study, enterprise architecture, use situation, utilisation

Publication forum classification

Field of science, Statistics Finland