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DELTA Meta Architecture for Proactive Management of Coordinated Development in Complex Enterprises and Information Systems

Authors Håkan Enquist
Thanos Magoulas
Maria Bergenstjerna
Magnus Holmqvist
Published in NUTEKs program for Complex Technical System
Issue Project P10525
Publisher University of Gothenburg
Place of publication Göteborg
Publication year 2001
Published at Department of Applied Information Technology (GU)
Language en
Subject categories Media and Communication Technology


The attractive development and use of information technology (IT) and information systems (IS) in large enterprises depend on a proactive management philosophy. Proactive management is the ability to secure continuous motivation and learning dictated by the specific developmental situation at hand rather than by mere habits, generic methods and training. Enterprise development cannot be guided by intuition and praise alone. The success of proactive management depends partly on the sound use of instruments such as principles, theories, models, methods, techniques etc. On the other hand, rigid planning and rigorous methodologies hinder the agility and prompt responsiveness to change requirements that characterize the enterprise of today. Thus, from our empirical and theoretical investigation we conclude that coordinated enterprise development depends on the ability of management to consciously combine intuition and knowledge. However, proactive management (as defined above) is more than just knowledge.

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