Engineering an Enterprise: Practical Issues of Two Case Studies from the Luxembourgish Beverage and Tobacco Industry

  • Wolfgang A. Molnar
  • Henderik A. Proper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing book series (LNBIP, volume 151)


This study is a contribution to the discussion of practical issues in engineering enterprises that do not embrace classical enterprise architecture frameworks. It analyses two case studies within the beverage and tobacco industry in Luxembourg. The research settings provided an interesting context in an industry sector with high compliance regulations. In those case settings, no classical enterprise architecture framework was applied, so that the companies followed a rather pragmatic approach to cope with challenges. The research adopts an interpretive case study approach and explores qualitative data of work perspectives from higher along with lower hierarchy levels of IT and business people. The paper identifies three main motifs of practitioners that drive the engineering of their enterprise: standardization, financial aspects and organizational culture. The findings of this research suggest that contemporary EA frameworks are too rigid to be applied or appropriately tailored in some business environments. This paper suggests, that break from routine and training in EA frameworks should provoke more sophisticated approaches by the practitioners during enterprise engineering, but reflexive actions may substitute EA frameworks to some extent.


enterprise engineering enterprise architecture 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wolfgang A. Molnar
    • 1
  • Henderik A. Proper
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.CRP Henri TudorLuxembourgLuxembourg
  2. 2.Radboud UniversityNijmegenThe Netherlands

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