Track 3: Architectural Thinking

As the concept of Enterprise Architecture Management (EAM) is quite mature in IS research as well as in IS practice, we want to integrate modelling, use and management aspects of architectures in organizations by the umbrella term of “Architectural Thinking”. By that designation, we want to make clear that architectures are by no means only a “technical” instrument in the context of evolutionary development of complex software-intensive systems. Enterprise-wide IT architecture management, enterprise architecture management and business architecture modelling & management are some examples how architectural thinking widened scope and gained importance for business & information systems engineering. Currently, Architectural Thinking is developing into an essential capability to pursue business goals like transparency, efficiency, alignment, innovation, or transformation. In contrast to EAM, which is positioned in computer science as well as IS research, we position Architectural Thinking clearly at the intersection of IT (software), people and organization – and thus as an IS core topic. Architectural Thinking is multi-faceted and thus covers a wide array of research perspectives including, but not limited to, modelling, use and management issues.

  • Conceptualizing architectures (e.g., meta models, roadmaps, frameworks, specific architectures like business models and business architecture, organizational architecture, application & IS architecture, software architecture, IT architecture, security architecture, data & information & knowledge architectures, integrative architectures)
  • Management of architectures (e.g., ownership, evolution, migration, including ‘bottom-up’ approaches like process mining)
  • The relationship of architecture management to other management disciplines (e.g.,, strategic management, organizational development, change management, IT management)
  • Specific application contexts of Architectural Thinking (e.g., cost or redundancy reduction, IT/business alignment, mergers & acquisitions, business transformation, business innovation, sourcing, shared & managed services, governance, risk & compliance)
  • Organizing the architectural function (positioning and goals, services & products,
  • communication and stakeholder involvement, processes and roles, monitoring and KPIs)
  • The relationship of Architectural Thinking with other domains or paradigms of business and information systems engineering (e.g., mobile or social computing, service orientation or virtualization, use-centric or unmanaged computing)
  • Tool support and standards for Architectural Thinking
  • Implementation of Architectural Thinking (e.g., reference modelling, situational adaptation)
  • The corporate value of Architectural Thinking (success factors, metrics, funding and charging)
  • The role of corporate, national or other (sub-)culture in Architectural Thinking
  • Innovative application cases of Architectural Thinking
Track Chairs
Prof. Dr. Witold Abramowicz, Poznan University of Economics, Poland
Prof. Dr. Robert Winter, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland

Program Committee
Prof. Dr. Stephan Aier, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
Prof. Dr. Martin Bichler, Technische Universität München, Germany
Prof. Dr. Stefan Eicker, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
Dr. Agata Filipowska, Poznan University of Economics, Poland
Prof. Dr. -Ing. Norbert Gronau, University of Potsdam, Germany
Prof. Dr. Volker Gruhn, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
Inge Hanschke, iteratec, Germany
Prof. Dr. Georg Herzwurm, University of Stuttgart, Germany
Prof. Dr. Dimitris Karagiannis, University of Vienna, Austria
Prof. Dr. Susanne Leist, University of Regensburg, Germany
Prof. Dr. Christine Legner, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Prof. Dr. Henderik Proper, CRP Henri Tudor, Luxembourg
Prof. Dr. Jan Recker, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Prof. Dr. Kurt Sandkuhl, University of Rostock, Germany
Prof. Dr. Steffen Staab, University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany
Prof. Dr. Rudi Studer, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology KIT, Germany
Prof. Dr. Axel Uhl, SAP, Switzerland
Prof. Dr. Jan Verelst, University of Antwerp, Belgium
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