Doctoral degree focuses on a framework for managing enterprise architecture acceptance

Annette Willemse -- Mon, 05/11/2015 - 12:34

NWU PhD study gives way to the development of a work level acceptance framework

During the recent Autumn Graduation Ceremony of the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal), a PhD was conferred upon Dr Sonja Gilliland, with the topic of her thesis being "Towards a framework for managing enterprise architecture acceptance". The findings michael kors bags australia from her research led to the development of a Work Level Acceptance Framework for Enterprise Architecture (WoLAF for EA), which contributes to the understanding and management of the important aspect of human acceptance of enterprise architecture in organisations.

Dr Gilliland is the Subject Chair for Information Technology as well as a member of the Enterprise Architecture Research Forum (EARF), and a member of the Centre of michael kors australia online Applied Risk Management (UARM). She is particularly interested in human actions and human relationships within an IT-related environment. 

Dr Sonja Gilliland Dr Sonja Gilliland and the Campus Registrar, Mrs Elbie Steyn

In her thesis an initial set of human factors affecting enterprise architecture acceptance were identified. The literature was used to identify other human factors affecting enterprise architecture acceptance and to compile a more comprehensive list of human factors. The resulting comprehensive list of human factors was categorized into six constructed work-level-related human concerns.

A work-level-related model for enterprise architecture acceptance was established based on the work-level-related human concerns and associated human factors. A method for organizational use and management of enterprise architecture acceptance based on the model was proposed. The result of the research is the Work Level Acceptance Framework for Enterprise Architecture (WoLAF for EA), which contributes to the understanding and management of the important aspect of human acceptance of enterprise architecture in organisations.

More about Dr Gilliland

Born on 9 January 1954 in Pretoria, Dr Gilliland completed Grade 12 at Voortrekkerhoogte Hoërskool in Pretoria. She completed the BSc degree in 1976 at the University of Pretoria and a Diploma in Higher Education, Hons BSc and MSc at the Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education (now the North-West University), Vaal Triangle Campus. The title of her Masters dissertation was: Problem solving using multimedia.

In 1989, Dr Gilliland was employed as a part-time teaching assistant and in 1995 she starter her full-time career as a lecturer at the Information Technology (IT) Department on the Vaal Traingle Campus of the former PU for CHE.

The Promotor of the study was Prof Dr AJ van der Merwe, and the Co-promotor was Prof Dr P Kotze. 

Dr Gilliland and her Promotor, Prof Dr AJ van der Merwe The Campus Rector, Prof Thanyani Mariba conferred the degree upon Dr Gilliland