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Rene Pratt Co-Authors New Study

Renee Pratt, assistant professor of business administration at Washington and Lee, has recently co-authored a study entitled “The Role of Enterprise Architecture in the Quest for IT Value” appearing in MIS Quarterly Executive (see http://misqe.org/ojs2/index.php/misqe/article/view/369). The research looks at value creation through the use of enterprise architecture. Enterprise architecture (EA) is the term used to describe the way in which a business logically organizes its IT infrastructure and business process capabilities to address its needs for IT and business process integration and standardization.

The research study examined responses from 140 chief information officers in U.S. hospitals. According to the study conducted by Pratt and her colleagues, more mature enterprise architecture initiatives enhance firm value in three ways:

1. managing firms’ external relationships more effectively and efficiently
2. lowering firms’ operational costs
3. providing firms with greater strategic agility

Additional connections were found between enterprise architecture maturity and improved business-information technology alignment and risk management.

Pratt joined the Williams School faculty in 2008. She has taught several information technology classes during that time, including management information systems, e-commerce development, and computer forensics. She holds a doctorate in management information systems from Florida State University, an M.S. in management information systems from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, and a B.S. in mathematics from the University of Florida. Her industry experience includes working with both government entities and businesses to design and develop intranets, extranets, and websites.