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Adaptability by Design: Incorporating Adaptability Constructs in the Design of Digital Business Ecosystems

Verhoeven, P.L. (2019) Adaptability by Design: Incorporating Adaptability Constructs in the Design of Digital Business Ecosystems.

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Abstract:As global markets are becoming increasingly competitive, causing increased performance and survival challenges, organizations are searching for ways to add value to their business processes. Consequently, a shift can be observed towards a new organizational model: digital business ecosystems (DBE). For many years, enterprise architecture (EA) has successfully supported the alignment of business and IT, nevertheless, the shift towards DBEs imposes new challenges on existing EA frameworks. A major challenge, identified in academic research, is adaptability. Research has shown that EA methods currently insufficiently support adaptability in reacting to internal and external change demands. This research aims to resolve the adaptability shortcoming by identifying relevant adaptability constructs and incorporating these in a method for DBE architectures by proposing an extension to an existing EA method. A systematic literature review and semi-structed interviews have been conducted for the development of an overview of existing adaptability constructs. Thereafter, an existing EA method was selected and extended for the incorporation of DBE adaptability constructs. The method was validated through four case study sessions and subsequently applied, using data collected during the case studies. The application resulted in the identification of limitations of an EA modelling language, for which resolutions have been proposed.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Deloitte, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:54 computer science, 85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Business Information Technology MSc (60025)
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