The Role of Top Management Commitment in Enterprise Architecture Development in Governmental Organizations

Negin Banaeianjahromi

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Governmental organizations adopt Enterprise Architecture (EA) not
only to enhance their performance and efficiency but also to move toward egovernment implementation. The article at hand investigates the EA
development obstacles in governmental organizations. An interpretivist
paradigm using the grounded theory methodology (GTM) was selected to carry
out this study. The data were collected through semi-structured interviews with
9 governmental organizations in Iran. In total, 17 obstacles were identified. This
study revealed the precedence in addressing EA development obstacles and top
management commitment category was identified as a category that has the
highest impact on the EA projects. It was realized that the commitment that top
management level of the organizations show toward EA development projects,
motivates employees to effectively engage with the projects. In addition, a
committed top manager assigns adequate resources to the EA project in order to
prepare the infrastructure of the company. In this study, government and politics
category appeared to be a category of external obstacles that affects most of the
other categories directly or indirectly. This study contributes to industry and
academia by investigating the EA development obstacles.
Original languageEnglish
Article number101
Pages (from-to)95-113
Number of pages19
JournalComplex Systems Informatics and Modeling Quarterly
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 27 Dec 2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Enterprise Architecture
  • Grounded theory
  • e-goverment
  • governmental organizations
  • Iran
  • information systems
  • development challenges
  • Obstacles

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