Organizing interoperability in cross-organizational value chains; the role of Enterprise Architecture Artifacts

  • T van Bree

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


In the last few decades, research on Enterprise Architecture (EA) and Enterprise Architecture Management (EAM) has gained lots of attention from researchers and practitioners alike. While an increasing number of organizations are part of inter-organizational value chains or organizational ecosystems, methodologies for managing EA like frameworks and artifacts have been focusing on single organizations. Partly based on recent research of Kotusev et. al., which aims to broaden understanding on the use and benefits of EA Artifacts for organizations, this study explores which, and for what purpose, EA artifacts are used in a cross-organizational value chain. Therefore, a case study was conducted in a Dutch governmental cross-organizational value chain. Several EA artifacts were identified which all aim at leveraging interoperability between organizations as their main asset. This allows organizations to cooperate and exchange information in a safe and trustworthy manner, while at the same time maintaining their independence. Taken together the artifacts are positioned in a model to clarify their purpose and relationship towards each other.
Date of Award13 Jul 2023
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorM. (Maurice) Pattij (Supervisor) & Rogier van de Wetering (Examiner)


  • Cross-organizational value chain
  • Enterprise Architecture Artifacts
  • Case Study

Master's Degree

  • Master Business Process management & IT (BPMIT)

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