In recent years, enterprise architecture (EA) management has emerged to one of the major challenges for enterprises. When looking for guidance in this field companies can choose from a variety of EA management approaches, which have been developed by scientists, practitioners, and governmental organizations. However, these approaches differ significantly in a number of characteristics and especially when it comes to methods for the EA management function. There is neither a common understanding of the scope and content of the main activities an EA management function consists of nor has a commonly accepted reference method been developed.

This paper represents a first step towards a common understanding of the EA management function by investigating prominent approaches in literature on EA management methods. Based on the literature analysis hypotheses describing the state-of-the-art are derived. These hypotheses are tested for their relevance in practice in an online survey among enterprise architects. The paper discusses the findings and concludes by proposing future areas of research.