System Theory for Enterprise Architects

“The most important work on EA and applied System Theory today.” 

“Makes EA more powerful, coherent and usable.”


Next tutorial date: To be announced.

Timing: from 09.30 to 16.30.

Venue: Metadata Training, 2-6 Cropley St, London.

Email here to enquire or to book a seat at a cost of £80 + VAT.

Target Audience

Anybody with an interest in:

·         the philosophy and theories that underpin modern enterprise, business, data and software architecture

·         where those theories fit together and where they don’t

·         how they are applied in industry standard architecture frameworks.


The tutorial presents ideas about systems through the lenses of philosophy, maths, science and sociology,

It shows where general system theory is applied in enterprise and business architecture methods and modelling languages.

Comments on last running:

·         “Thanks for an enjoyable day. The material is interesting.”

·         “I found it very interesting, useful and clarifying in a lot of aspects.”

And on prior runnings:

·          “Good overview of complex area.”

·         “Your endeavour to marry up Systems Theory and EA is admirable."

·         “Excellent…. I was interested in System Dynamics and the way you have integrated it with the rest.”

·         “Thank you for the inspiring ideas.”


·         Philosophical views of description and reality

·         Mathematical views of description and reality

·         A description theory

·         An information theory

·         Classification in taxonomies and ontologies

·         System properties: holism, emergent properties, complexity, etc.

·         LUNCH

·         Systems thinkers and ideas (Ashby, Boulding, Ackoff, Checkland, Churchman, Beer, Snowden, Luhmann)

·         The schism between systems thinking and system theory

·         Discrete and continuous dynamics (“System Dynamics”)

·         General System Theory principles today

·         System Theory in EA frameworks (Zachman, TOGAF etc.)

·         Abstraction in architecture description (TOGAF, ArchiMate etc.)

Other details

Bring an enquiring mind.

Joining instructions will give directions to pre-tutorial reading at

There are tea and coffee facilities at the venue.

There are local cafes at which you may purchase lunch.