Exploring the Tensions Between Management of Architectural Debt and Digital Innovation: The Case of a Financial Organization

dc.contributor.author Rolland, Knut-H.
dc.contributor.author Lyytinen, Kalle
dc.date.accessioned 2020-12-24T20:23:56Z
dc.date.available 2020-12-24T20:23:56Z
dc.date.issued 2021-01-05
dc.description.abstract In recent years, Information System (IS) scholars have increasingly explored the malleability and re-combinability of digital artifacts that facilitate innovation and change. In this paper, we focus on how architectural debt thwarts evolvability of complex IT architectures and systems founded on them. We conduct a case study in a major Scandinavian financial institution and explore their how they managed architectural debt during fast paced service innovation. Our analysis suggests that the firm’s capability to innovate depended on software developer’s ability to work across multiple syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic knowledge boundaries whilst addressing architectural debt. The paper offers two contributions. First, we add to the nascent body of socio-technical research on technical debt by illustrating how architectural debt cuts across multiple developer teams and architecture layers making it hard to identify and resolve. Second, we expand studies of digital innovation by identifying two interconnected tensions faced when innovators have to evolve complex IT architectures that lay the foundation for artefact malleability. We tie how the tensions are addressed to the firm’s capability to manage architectural debt.
dc.format.extent 11 pages
dc.identifier.doi 10.24251/HICSS.2021.807
dc.identifier.isbn 978-0-9981331-4-0
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/71427
dc.language.iso English
dc.relation.ispartof Proceedings of the 54th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
dc.subject Topics in Organizational Systems and Technology
dc.subject digital innovation
dc.subject management of architectural debt
dc.subject organizational consequences of technical debt
dc.title Exploring the Tensions Between Management of Architectural Debt and Digital Innovation: The Case of a Financial Organization
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