Although enterprise architecture (EA) is a topic of significant interest among scholars and practitioners, limited empirical research exists examining EA in the context of routinization, use of standards, information technology (IT) flexibility, and enterprise agility. Specifically, the study’s purpose was to explore the routinization of EA and develop a better understanding of how the use of EA standards impact IT flexibility and enterprise agility. The current study used a theoretical lens that combined competence-based theory and diffusion of innovation theory to study the topic of EA. The overarching research question was To what extent do organizational factors such as EA routinization and use of enterprise architecture standards, enabled through the adoption of EA, lead to increases in IT flexibility and enterprise agility? The partial least squares structural equation modeling (PLS-SEM) path model for the primary research topic provided the examination of four high-level (HOC) constructs EA routinization, use of EA standards, IT flexibility, and enterprise agility (LOC). Within the primary model, two constructs were evaluated based on a direct relationship to IT flexibility and a direct relationship of IT flexibility to enterprise agility. The population examined in the research included organizations that adopted EA. The primary unit of analysis for the study was an organization that implemented EA. Data analysis of the study’s model using PLS-SEM followed a systematic multiple stage process. The analysis from this study supported the findings that the EA routinization and the use of the EA standards constructs influence IT efficiency, and in turn, IT efficiency influences enterprise agility.
|Advisor:||ROBINSON LIND, MARY|
|Commitee:||WOOD, VANESSA, BRAXTON, SHERRI|
|Department:||School of Business and Technology|
|School Location:||United States -- Minnesota|
|Source:||DAI-B 81/9(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Information Technology, Architectural engineering|
|Keywords:||EA routinization, EA standards, Enterprise agility, Enterprise Architecture, IT flexibility, PLS-SEM|
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