The 5th European Conference on Management, Leadership and Governance (ECMLG 2009) took place in Athens, Greece, yesterday and today, on November 5-6. It was a small but great conference featuring some really inspiring and thought-provoking sessions, particularly on Leadership side. Reflecting our time of change, many of the presentations recognized the need for more authentic, more collaborative and more ethical leadership.
I had the great honor and pleasure to present a paper entitled “EA and IT Governance — a Systemic Approach”, in which my colleagues and I put forth a governance construct called Agile Governance Model (AGM). It specifies an abstract meta-level governance structure that can be instantiated for any type of governance, e.g. IT governance, data governance, security governance. In this paper, we called for a distinct definition of EA governance that addresses the strategic, forward-looking aspects of enterprise architecture, currently downplayed by IT governance, and used AGM to position the notions of IT Governance and EA Governance with respect to the IT-related decision-making in the organization.