Sustainable Enterprise Architecture Towards Global Competitiveness

Jovita Vasauskaite, Asif Qumer Gill

Abstract


Purpose. Competitiveness at the global scale is one of the key concerns enterprises need to deal within the dynamic global business environment. Enterprises need to be sustainable and adaptable to respond to the constantly changing global business landscape. The challenge is how to design a sustainable adaptive enterprise? This paper proposes a sustainable adaptive enterprise architecture driven approach to help enterprises to address the important concern of competitiveness from the perspective of today and tomorrow’s global market. Sustainability is a key element of strategy for future growth of the enterprise where the resource efficient, environmentally responsible manufacturing of products that deliver sustainability benefits can leverage commercial advantage for the company.

Methodology. The methodology of this paper included quantitative and qualitative research methods: the analysis of primary and secondary sources of information. The information necessary for the evaluation was obtained from the strategic documents, statistical data sources, interviews with the experts. There was adopted a theoretical sustainable value framework and the adaptive enterprise architecture framework to developing the design of the sustainable adaptive enterprise architecture. The paper explains that an integrated approach to combining sustainability and enterprise architecture disciplines seems to be useful to address the concern of competiveness at the global scale.

Results. This paper explores the dynamic interdependencies across processes of technological innovation and production organization, education and skills formation, and economic performance. Its core argument is that economically and socially sustainable growth will depend on the evolution of the knowledge economy and the absorption and application of technological innovations and a parallel transformation of the work force in order to supply the skills needed to implement and operate the new technology and business models. The paper concludes by reflecting on the broader context of enterprise change and coherence required for the transition to a sustainable knowledge of economy geared to prosperity, equitability and social inclusion and the global competitiveness.

The theoretical contribution. An approach presented in the paper contributes to development of scientific literature dealing with issues of sustainable development and agile enterprise architecture.

Keywords: sustainability, enterprise architecture, global competitiveness.

Paper type: Theoretical paper.


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