Rational Enterprise Architecture

  • Leendert van der TorreEmail author
  • Marc van Zee
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10350)


We are interested in formal foundations for enterprise decision support. In this perspective, enterprise architecture is characterised by highly uncertain plans in a changing environment, and translates strategic goals into an IT strategy. Typically there are a large number of stakeholders with conflicting views, communicating plans of action, and explaining decisions instead of making them. An enterprise architecture considers qualitative before quantitative data, has stronger business focus than other disciplines, and politics, emotions, and soft skills play a bigger role than in other areas. We view a plan abstractly as a sequence of commitments in time, and each commitment in the plan may come with a number of underlying assumptions. If these underlying assumptions change, then parts of the plan may require revision, which in turn may invalidate other parts of the plan, and so on. Therefore, assumptions have an inherently non-monotonic character: they are assumed to be true, unless it becomes clear they are false. This is related to the resource-boundedness of enterprise architecture: an enterprise architect cannot always know all of the assumptions, especially for long term plans.


Enterprise Architecture Soft Skill Store Commitment City Planner Enterprise Architect 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of LuxembourgLuxembourg CityLuxembourg
  2. 2.Google ResearchZurichSwitzerland

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