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Analysis of IT/Business Alignment Situations as a Precondition for the Design and Engineering of Situated IT/Business Alignment Solutions

Jan Saat, Robert Winter, Ulrik Franke, Robert Lagerstroem & Mathias Ekstedt

abstract IT/business alignment has constantly been among the top priorities for IT executives. From a prescriptive, design research perspective, our analysis of related work shows that neither is IT/business alignment sufficiently specified to allow systematic artifact construction, nor are existing approaches situational to reflect the diversity of IT/business alignment problems in the real world. We use goal decomposition to characterize IT/business alignment by qualities from (i) the IT systems, (ii) the business, and (iii) the IT governance perspective. A survey-based exploratory study among 174 professionals from various European countries is conducted that helps to identify four distinct IT/business alignment situations. This knowledge can now be used to construct methods and models that do not only operationalize alignment, but also can be adapted to the different situational needs.
   
type conference paper (English)
   
name of conference 44th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-44) (Kauai, HI)
date of conference 01-06-2011
title of proceedings 44th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-44)
review double-blind review
   
citation Saat, J., Winter, R., Franke, U., Lagerstroem, R., & Ekstedt, M. (2011). Analysis of IT/Business Alignment Situations as a Precondition for the Design and Engineering of Situated IT/Business Alignment Solutions. In 44th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-44).