Understanding Architecture Principles as Working Mechanisms

  • Mark PaauweEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing book series (LNBIP, volume 334)


This paper is the introduction of a new way of formulating architecture principles as working mechanisms by enterprise architects. This alternative way of formulating is aimed at producing more effective architecture principles than enterprise architects are currently producing. This new way of formulating architecture principles aligns with practices in physics and building architecture. Architecture principles need to be made much more effective because in them lies the added value of working with enterprise architecture: using principles to guide the design and realization of enterprise-wide solutions compliant to strategy and stakeholders requirements. In this paper, principles are proposed to be formulated as working mechanisms rather than general rules (guidelines). This will make them communicate contextual truths and will have them cause more effect in guiding the design and engineering of systems. This paper presents intermediate results of an ongoing research on architecture principles.


Architecture principles Concepts Concepts principles Working mechanisms Formulating principles Definitions 



This ongoing research is done under the supervision of prof. H.A. Proper, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands. We thank Bas van Gils, Strategy Alliance for providing insight and expertise that greatly assisted in the research for this paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.WageningenThe Netherlands

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