The Nature of the Enterprise Engineering Discipline

  • Marne de Vries
  • Aurona Gerber
  • Alta van der Merwe
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing book series (LNBIP, volume 174)


Enterprise engineering originated as a practice with most publications focusing on the practical facets without the underlying scientific foundation. Foundational works emerged from different authors in recent years, including Dietz, Hoogervorst and Giachetti. According to Gregor, the bodies of knowledge or theories encompassed in a discipline need to address questions related to four classes namely: the domain, structural or ontological, epistemological, and socio-political. As a departure point for setting a research agenda for EE, we argue that the four classes of questions could also serve as a basis to determine an EE research agenda. In this paper we argue that a research agenda for EE should start with the first class of questions, concerning the domain of the discipline and suggest that an existing model, the Enterprise Evolution Contextualisation Model (EECM), could be used to define the domain of the EE discipline.


Enterprise engineering enterprise engineering discipline enterprise engineering research agenda enterprise engineering theories 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marne de Vries
    • 1
  • Aurona Gerber
    • 2
  • Alta van der Merwe
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Industrial and Systems EngineeringUniversity of PretoriaPretoriaSouth Africa
  2. 2.Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research, CSIR Meraka as well as Department of InformaticsUniversity of PretoriaPretoriaSouth Africa
  3. 3.Department of InformaticsUniversity of PretoriaPretoriaSouth Africa

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