The Enterprise Architect profession: An empirical study
Paper i proceeding, 2015

The field of Enterprise Architecture (EA) is rapidly evolving why there is a need for increased professionalization of the discipline. Therefore, understanding the profession of the Enterprise Architects in enterprise transformation and development becomes important. However, there are very few empirically based studies which have reflected these professionals within their work domain of an every-day business. The purpose of this paper is to increase our understanding of how the Enterprise Architect’s practice their profession and in addition, to study how these professionals describe their occupation. Five different topics are of particular interest to portraying the occupation of the Enterprise Architect's profession; the role, competence, power, style of acting and main focus. The research is a descriptive study based on interviews with Enterprise Architects in ten large Swedish organizations. In conclusion, the architect is considered as a proud individualist with an entrepreneurial vein who endeavor consideration, reflection, and the guidance capability.

main focus

Enterprise Architecture



style of acting

Enterprise Architect profession



Terese Besker

Chalmers, Data- och informationsteknik, Software Engineering

Rolf Olsson

Chalmers, Data- och informationsteknik, Software Engineering

Kalevi Pessi

Göteborgs universitet

9th European Conference on IS Management and Evaluation – ECIME 2015

2048-8912 (ISSN)

38 29-36



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