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Aligning IT/IS with Business Strategy Re-Visited: A View from Complex Adaptive Systems

Grant, K. and Hackney, R. and Edgar, David (2012) Aligning IT/IS with Business Strategy Re-Visited: A View from Complex Adaptive Systems. In: Business Strategy and Applications in Enterprise IT Governance. Ideal Group Publishing, pp. 123-144. ISBN 978-1-4666-1779-7. E-ISBN 978-1-4666-1780-3. (doi:10.4018/978-1-4666-1779-7) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This paper explores the co-relational process activities of information technology and systems (IT/IS) and business strategy alignment. The notion of “process” as being strategy and strategic alignment has been observed but not examined. Organizations are both complex and adaptive, and these attributes create significant challenges for managers when assessing strategic requirements. A need exists to further understand alignment as a process and embrace this concept when aligning business IT/IS with the strategic goals of the organisation. This highlights an important distinction of “process” that recasts the nature of congruence and reassesses the appropriateness and usefulness of current practice. The authors propose the use of principles underpinning complex adaptive systems as a way to re-orientate IT/IS alignment in a meaningful and more appropriate manner. The context for the study is the UK Health Service, and informed by a case analysis of 26 senior members from a Scottish Health Board.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.4018/978-1-4666-1779-7
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School > Industrial Relations/HRM
Depositing User: Tracey Pemble
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2014 11:13 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 13:15 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/43589 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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