Global University Alliance

Founded in 2004, the Global University Alliance is a nonprofit consortium, consisting of universities and university lecturers and researchers, whose aim is to provide a platform where universities and thought leaders can interact to conduct research, comparison and explore leading practices, best practices as well as to develop missing practices.

The purpose of the Global University Alliance is to gather intellectual resources across the academic world to:

  • Address research concerns and questions that span around the enterprise concept, design, functions, tasks, information handling and governance of enterprise modelling and architect disciplines.
  • Develop university curriculums for both Bachelor and Master level (existing BPM, SOA, Enterprise Architecture, Sustainability, Value Management and Project Management).
  • Package the academic research and findings into frameworks, methods and approaches that can be used by industry and university alike.
  • Share and publish the findings ether in publications or to this open standard community.

The Global University Alliance promotes a new way of thinking, working and modelling combining the much needed connection between Enterprise Modelling e.g. strategy, business model, competencies, value, services, processes, information, applications, data, platforms, infrastructure and cloud with Enterprise Architecture e.g. Business, application, data and technology architecture. Thereby enabling all organizations to build on common leading principles to identify, create and realize value in both the business and IT composition.

Since the start in 2004, many Universities have joined our Global University Alliance and in 2009, we decided that we needed a board that could decide on the leadership decisions around the curriculum developments, research and publications. In 2009, the board consisted of the seven universities (the first 7), and was then expanded by an additional eight members (the last 8):

  • Mark von Rosing, IT University of Copenhagen and Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
  • Siavash Moshiri and Simon Polovina, Sheffield Hallam University, UK
  • Karin Gräslund, Wiesbaden Business School, Germany
  • Florian Matthes, Technische Universität München, Germany
  • Glenn Stewart, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
  • Orneita Burton, Abilene Christian University, Texas, USA
  • Richard Hill, University of Derby, UK
  • Leon Kappelman, University of North Texas, Texas, USA
  • Venky Shankararaman, Singapore Management University, Singapore
  • Dmitry Kudryavtsev, St. Petersburg State Polytechnical University, Russia
  • Maxim Arzumanyan, St. Petersburg State University, Russia
  • Paola Lettieri, University College London, UK
  • David Coloma Guerrero, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain


The Global University Alliance pursues research opportunities that engages both academic researchers and seasoned professionals in a unique collaborative mode. Current research themes include the development of methods and tools for:

  • LEADing Practices and Best Practice studies and research
  • Rethinking Enterprise Modelling and Enterprise Architecture
  • Extended Business Process Management Notations
  • Development of a Sustainability Framework
  • Enterprise Modelling and Enterprise Architecture career path development
  • Enterprise Modelling and Enterprise Architecture framework development and usage
  • Business Innovation & Transformation Enablement
  • Maturity assessment
  • LifeCycle Management
  • Value and Performance measurement frameworks

The Global University Alliance conducted a extensive and wide ranging research work comparing existing Enterprise Modelling (Business Modelling, Strategy Modelling, BPMN, VM, PM, Prince2, PMBOK, SOA, ITIL, COBIT, VALIT,) and Enterprise Architecture frameworks, methods and approaches e.g. Zachman, DoDAF, HP architecture, SAP EAF, Oracle EAF, IADS (IBM Architecture Description Standard), Gartner EA (GEAF), AGATE, Agile EA, CEAF, FEAF, FSAM, TOGAF, GERAM, IAF and TEAF. The research analyzed and ranked good and bad practices and identified interlinks, connectivity’s, best practice and gaps. Realizing after intensive research the need for a fundamental shift. If you are a university teacher or researcher, we realized we had something unique.

Driven by passion and love for Enterprise Modelling and Enterprise Architecture, we start to develop gaps and missing aspects, with both the framework vendors like TOGAF, as well as with companies like Oracle, CapGemini, HP, etc.

The modelling principles captured so much interest that software vendors like Oracle and Software AG (IDS Scheer and Aris), as well as IGrafx started to investigate and incorporate our modelling aspects into their methods and or meta models. Overwhelmed by the speed of adoption, and surprised by recognition as an Enterprise Modelling and Enterprise Architecture paradigm shift by leading companies and the IT community at large, we realized we had something unique.

The first version of LEADing Practice (LEAD Frameworks 1.0) was based on the university research, analysis, comparison as well as work with the companies. With our background of the university alliance and thereby Enterprise Modelling and Enterprise Architecture research, analysis and comparison, our principle remains that of collaborative knowledge sharing and gaining. LEADing Practice is therefore a community-driven open architecture and open standard framework (and it is free).

Educational Curriculum

The Global University Alliance is developing a number of cross-disciplinary educational curriculums and career path in conjunction with our corporate and government center members. Major areas of focus for our educational initiatives include:

  • Undergraduate Education: A new undergraduate area of emphasis in Enterprise Architecture and BPM.
  • Masters Education: A new online Professional Master in Enterprise Architecture and BPM was recently approved and applications are now being accepted to this unique program.
  • Professional Education: A new number of professional development certification tracks with focus on the cross-disciplinary skill requirement of today environment and a much need career path for IT resources.

The university curriculums for both Bachelor and Master level, are research and academic based modules, while the practitioner LEAD concept is not academic teaching centered, but focused on practical enterprise modelling and enterprise architecture principles and how to apply EA in practice. Since they interlink, one might argue that these conflict, we however believe that academic theory could and should go hand in hand with practice.

Since 2010 both the LEAD concepts and the university research and curriculums, although interlinked are not the same and are developed separately:

  • The BPM and Enterprise Architecture Curriculum was successfully piloted and fully rolled out in 2009/10. Today, the curriculum is taught at over 100 universities around the world via the Enterprise Architecture, BPM and/or Value/Business Case university curriculums.
  • In 2009/10, LEAD started to be more than a collection of best practice and developed missing practice.

We focus on developing an underlying and whole new Enterprise Modelling and Enterprise Architecture techniques, in terms of frameworks, methods and approaches that incorporates complete enterprise modelling techniques e.g. business model, all value aspects, services, process, information, applications, data, platforms, infrastructure and cloud as well as for transformation and innovation modelling.

Advisory Group

The Global University Alliance is guided, in part, by an external advisory board consisting of representatives from Industry Focus Group, leading corporations, government, and professional organizations. This body is comprised of two subgroups. The Research Advisory Group guides the research mission of the center. The Education Advisory Group provides input and guidance on the undergraduate, graduate, and professional educational activities of the Global University Alliance.

Ways To Get Involved

The Global University Alliance offers organizations two primary levels of membership:

  1. The Educational Level membership provides a number benefits to partnering organizations, including the ability to influence the future of enterprise architecture education at multiple levels (undergraduate, graduate, and professional education); the ability to contribute to the continuing evolution of the enterprise architecture discipline; and early access to research findings and reports.
  2. The Research Level membership provides all of the benefits of the Education Level membership plus additional benefits, including the ability to influence the direction of EA and BPM research at IST; first access to research findings and reports; and exclusive access to research tools and software developed by the Global University Alliance.

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