Assessing strategic alignment to improve IT effectiveness

M.T. Smits, A.M. Fairchild, P.M.A. Ribbers, K. Milis, E. van Geel

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    Abstract

    A long running challenge in both large and small organizations has been aligning information systems services with business needs. Good alignment is assumed to lead to good business results, but there is a need for good instruments to assess strategic alignment and business success in practice. Based on existing information management theories, we develop the I-Fit model and the I-Fit tool. The model assumes causal relationships between four main areas: ‘IT governance’, ‘Strategic Alignment, ‘Information Quality’, and ‘Business Performance’. The tool consists of 40 questions that are used to quick scan alignment. We apply the iFit tool in nine organizations in the Netherlands in order to validate the instrument. Further steps of the project are discussed, including tools for drilling down into the four main areas with greater depth.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 22nd Bled eConference
    EditorsM.L. Markus, J.F. Hampe, J. Gricar, A. Pucihar, G. Lenart
    Place of PublicationSlovenia
    PublisherUniversity of Maribor
    Pages426-439
    Publication statusPublished - 2009

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    Strategic alignment
    Alignment
    Information quality
    Business results
    Information management
    Drilling
    Business success
    Business performance
    Management theory
    IT governance
    Information systems
    The Netherlands

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    Smits, M. T., Fairchild, A. M., Ribbers, P. M. A., Milis, K., & van Geel, E. (2009). Assessing strategic alignment to improve IT effectiveness. In M. L. Markus, J. F. Hampe, J. Gricar, A. Pucihar, & G. Lenart (Eds.), Proceedings of the 22nd Bled eConference (pp. 426-439). Slovenia: University of Maribor.
    Smits, M.T. ; Fairchild, A.M. ; Ribbers, P.M.A. ; Milis, K. ; van Geel, E. / Assessing strategic alignment to improve IT effectiveness. Proceedings of the 22nd Bled eConference. editor / M.L. Markus ; J.F. Hampe ; J. Gricar ; A. Pucihar ; G. Lenart. Slovenia : University of Maribor, 2009. pp. 426-439
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    Smits MT, Fairchild AM, Ribbers PMA, Milis K, van Geel E. Assessing strategic alignment to improve IT effectiveness. In Markus ML, Hampe JF, Gricar J, Pucihar A, Lenart G, editors, Proceedings of the 22nd Bled eConference. Slovenia: University of Maribor. 2009. p. 426-439