Information technology professionals and business leaders are continuously looking for management practices to help them align their business and information technology (IT) strategies. Even though alignment has been determined to be important, what organizations are not clear on is "how to achieve and sustain harmony among business and IT". Researchers contend that there are two approaches to the subject of alignment; the first concentrates on examining the strategies, structure, and planning methodologies in organizations; and, the second investigates the social factors such as the actors in organizations, their values, communications with each other, and ultimately their understanding of each other's domain. This dissertation examines the alignment theories that attempt to give organizations a construct that would assist them with successfully aligning their business strategy with their technology. The key purpose of this research is to determine the factors that organizations contend with in order to develop strategic alignment strategies as well as how organizations address what has been termed the social dimensions of alignment which have been found to contribute to organizations aligning their overall business strategy with its technology. The intended outcome of this research is discover how those social dimensions, once measured contribute to the organization’s overall level of alignment within organizations that are contacted for this research.
|Subjects||Management; Computer science|
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