Framework is the essential conceptual underlying structure comprised of the basic elements, their relationship and rules necessary and sufficient to completely describe the system or concept. The purpose of a framework is to understand the concept and use it to make decisions.

It is important to understand the difference between a framework and a methodology. A framework defines the essential elements underlying a concept and a methodology details the implementation of a concept. In other words a framework combined with a process is a methodology.

See Also

Enterprise Architecture Framework
IT Strategy Framework
McKinsey 7S Framework
4S Web Marketing Mix Model
Abowd and Beale Framework
Adaptive Enterprise Framework (AEF)