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Modelling IT Alignment in Multi-Business Service Organisations

Grant


Scheme


  • Discovery Projects

Abstract


  • The alignment of business and IT strategies is regarded as a key driver of IT investment and performance. However, extant theoretical models of IT alignment lack realism by placing emphasis on high level concepts of fit. This is inconsistent with the assumptions of multi-business organizations, where strategy is formed at both corporate and individual strategic business unit levels. Based on a novel approach we reconceptualise strategic IT alignment to discriminate between internal fit amongst business and IT and coherence between different levels of IT in a multi-business organization. We empirically model the IT alignment trade-off using discrete choice methods to answer questions about the what, how and why of strategic IT alignment.

Date/time Interval


  • 2010 - 2012

Sponsor Award Id


  • DP1096429

Local Award Id


  • 11073

Scheme


  • Discovery Projects

Abstract


  • The alignment of business and IT strategies is regarded as a key driver of IT investment and performance. However, extant theoretical models of IT alignment lack realism by placing emphasis on high level concepts of fit. This is inconsistent with the assumptions of multi-business organizations, where strategy is formed at both corporate and individual strategic business unit levels. Based on a novel approach we reconceptualise strategic IT alignment to discriminate between internal fit amongst business and IT and coherence between different levels of IT in a multi-business organization. We empirically model the IT alignment trade-off using discrete choice methods to answer questions about the what, how and why of strategic IT alignment.

Date/time Interval


  • 2010 - 2012

Sponsor Award Id


  • DP1096429

Local Award Id


  • 11073