Business IT alignment through the lens of complexity science

Fabrizio Amarilli, Mario Van Vliet, Bart Van Den Hooff

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Abstract

Business IT alignment has been a top concern for academics and corporate managers for over 30 years. Despite a rich literature, it is still far from been an achieved objective in companies. Leveraging on the similarities between Information and Complex Systems, researchers have recently adopted a new perspective to study Information Systems and their alignment with business. The present study is based on an extensive literature review that spans three domains of research: Information Systems, Complexity Science, and Organization Science. The paper proposes to contribute to the study and implementation of alignment by presenting a classification framework for the different alignment approaches exploiting methods derived from Complexity Science. Four types of approaches to alignment are identified and for each of them the potential contribution to alignment dimensions is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2016 International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2016
PublisherAssociation for Information Systems
ISBN (Electronic)9780996683135
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016
Event2016 International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2016 - Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 11 Dec 201614 Dec 2016

Conference

Conference2016 International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2016
CountryIreland
CityDublin
Period11/12/1614/12/16

Keywords

  • Business IT alignment
  • Co-evolution
  • Complexity science
  • Strategic alignment

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    Amarilli, F., Van Vliet, M., & Van Den Hooff, B. (2016). Business IT alignment through the lens of complexity science. In 2016 International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2016 Association for Information Systems.