An Explanatory Study on the Co-evolutionary Mechanisms of Business IT Alignment

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Abstract

Business IT Alignment is considered an enduring topic in academic and practitioners’ literature. The interest in the subject is justified by the link, demonstrated by several studies, between alignment and corporate performances. However, alignment research has not yet been translated into practices, theoretically demonstrated in literature and applied to companies. The interpretation of alignment as a function of independent factors and the underestimation of the complex nature of alignment process are considered key barriers in alignment achievement. The present study is based on a multi-case study analysis carried out in two companies that implemented alignment processes. We conceptualise alignment as a co-evolution process and derive four mechanisms and three types of parameters and explain their role in alignment implementation. The contribution is theoretical, since we analyse and describe mechanisms and factors that govern alignment, and for the practitioners, since knowledge of these mechanisms is precondition for an effective alignment implementation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 38th International Conference on Information Systems, Seoul 2017
PublisherAES Electronic Library
Pages1-22
Number of pages22
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event38th International Conference on Information Systems: Transforming Society with Digital Innovation, ICIS 2017 - Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 10 Dec 201713 Dec 2017

Conference

Conference38th International Conference on Information Systems: Transforming Society with Digital Innovation, ICIS 2017
CountryKorea, Republic of
CitySeoul
Period10/12/1713/12/17

Keywords

  • Business-IT Alignment
  • Co-evolution
  • Complexity theory

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