Architectural Viewpoints

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In this section we will briefly review or introduce a number of ways to look at enterprise, and in particular the social aspect that we are calling enterprising sociality. These are viewpoints, or specially focused models, that appear to be useful ways to analyze business for a number of purposes. These architectural statements form a map or model of what we want to talk about. No one should confuse this with a complete definition or description of an enterprise, keeping in mind that “whatever you say a thing is, it is not.“

Before we move on, let us make a distinction between architecture and typology. Architecture is a pattern of structure and behavior, which is either discovered or designed. Typology is the observation and classification of individual instances and groups of instances of phenomena under consideration. Variation of the architectural components and relationships of the phenomenon in focus creates variation among the factors that are available to classify instances of the phenomenon. For example, as we narrow our focus to enterprising sociality, there are social aspects of enterprise that become the basis for an architectural representation. This is based on classifiers that have social significance, such as power apportionment, or degree of encouragement of trans-organizational communication. In a complementary fashion, as new classifiers of the subject are emphasised, this requires new architectural representations to capture these salient characteristics in a coherent manner.