Classification of Enterprise Architecture Scenarios - An Exploratory Analysis

  • Stephan Aier University of St.Gallen
  • Christian Riege University of St.Gallen
  • Robert Winter University of St.Gallen


Enterprise architecture (EA) provides a powerful basis to transform an organization and to continually align the organization to external and internal demands. The process of transformation can effectively and efficiently be supported by appropriate EA methods. There is however no "one-size-fits-all" method, which is suitable to support all kinds of transformations in all kinds of organizations. Different project types and different context types require different methods – or at least different configurations or adaptations of a method. Based on an exploratory empirical analysis, we classify three different EA scenarios in this article. The identified EA scenarios can provide the basis for situational EA method engineering.
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