Towards a Classification of Architecture Initiatives: Outlining the External Factors

Christian Lindschou Hansen, Niels Henrik Mortensen, Lars Hvam

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This paper introduced a set of external factors capturing the contextual differences that set the stage for architecture initiatives. These are derived from a systems theoretical approach recognizing the fact that architecture initiatives should respond the challenges posed by the external environment in which the company and the future product program is operating. The outlining of the factors are based on the conviction that no one-fits-all exists, when it comes to architecture initiatives, and the notion that it is impossible to truly evaluate whether an architecture initiative is good or bad, without including the contextual differences. The purpose of the external factors is to improve scoping and goal setting of architecture initiatives, and improve comparability between- and transferability of knowledge from architecture initiatives. The external factors are a first step towards an actual classification of architecture initiatives.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of NordDesign Conference 2012
Number of pages8
PublisherAalborg University, Center for Industrial Production
Publication date2012
ISBN (Print)978-87-91831-51-5
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventNordDesign 2012 - Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark
Duration: 22 Aug 201224 Aug 2012


ConferenceNordDesign 2012
LocationAalborg University


  • Product architecture
  • Product platform
  • Systems theory
  • Contingenct factors


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