Strategic Business and IT Alignment: A Prioritized Theory Diagram
2006 (English)In: In proceedings of Portland International Conference on Management of Engieering and Technology, 2006Conference paper (Refereed)
Many academic and practitioners’ studies have shown that misalignment or lack of alignment between information technology (IT) and business strategies is one of the main reasons why enterprises fail to exploit the full potential of their IT investments. Furthermore, organizations that have accomplished a high degree of alignment are often associated with better business efficiency and effectiveness performance. As a conse-quence, strategic business and IT alignment (SBITA) has consistently been one of the top concerns of the Chief Information Officer (CIO) in an enterprise.Despite these facts, there is little consensus on what SBITA really is; there are few documented theories, concepts and operational approaches for identifying, measuring, improving and maintaining the level of SBITA in an Henderson enterprise.This paper is based on the strategic alignment model (SAM) proposed by & Venkatraman in 1993, which is considered one of the most widespread and accepted models among the alignment community. Basi-cally, all later alignment models and consulting practices start from this strategic alignment model.The paper uses a method for building and prioritizing Theory Diagrams (TD) proposed by Johnsson P. et al . In this case, the SAM is transformed into a hierarchical TD-SBITA, which is only a syntactic translation of it. importance of the alignment sub-topics presented by the most relevant and cited references in the field of SBITA among the academic and practitioner communities.The purpose of obtaining a prioritized TD based on SAM, in this case the TD-SBITA, is to categorize and define the topic of alignment more stringently given its current knowledge base. This prioritized TD-SBITA should gives indications on how important the alignment community finds the different topics and sub topics in the field of alignment.The prioritized TD-SBITA presented will contribute to the current assessment procedure for identifying, measuring, improving and maintaining the level of alignment between business and IT in an enterprise.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Information Technology (IT), Business Strategy (BS), Strategic Business and IT Align-ment (SBITA), Strategic Alignment Model (SAM), Theory Diagram (TD), Prioritized Theory Diagram (PTD)
Computer and Information Science
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-26023DOI: 10.1109/PICMET.2006.296546ScopusID: 2-s2.0-50649118092OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-26023DiVA: diva2:367473
QC 201011092010-11-092010-11-092012-03-23Bibliographically approved