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Influence of Organizational Structure on Business-IT Alignment: What We Do (Not) Know
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6360-7641
2018 (English)In: BIR Short Papers, Workshops and Doctoral Consortium: Proceedings / [ed] Jelena Zdravkovic, Jānis Grabis, Selmin Nurcan, Janis Stirna, CEUR-WS.org , 2018, p. 375-386Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Despite the long list of cumulative research on business-IT alignment, researchers and practitioners argue that it remains to be evasive. On the other hand, business-IT alignment is found to be associated with improved overall organizational performance. As today’s organizations continue to spend a significant amount of their resources on IT to improve the variety and quality of services, achieving and maintaining business-IT alignment is a timely issue that needs to be addressed. Studies indicate that organizational structure, among other factors, plays an important role in whether organizations succeed in achieving business-IT alignment. A systematic literature is conducted to provide an overview of previous studies as well as point out possible future research directions. Databases indexing reputable journals and conference proceedings in the information systems research domain were searched. A total of 21 articles were identified and included in the review. The findings indicate that there are few studies poised to address the lack of knowledge on how the formal/informal organizational structures influence business-IT alignment. Empirical studies are needed to settle the debate on which types of organizational structures contribute to achieving business-IT alignment in today’s organizations. The study presents a summary of previous findings and proposes potential future research directions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
CEUR-WS.org , 2018. p. 375-386
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CEUR Workshop Proceedings, E-ISSN 1613-0073 ; 2218
Keywords [en]
Business-IT Alignment, Organizational Structure, Formal Organization Structure, Informal Organization Structure, Literature Review
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Information Systems, Social aspects
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Computer and Systems Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-160461OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-160461DiVA, id: diva2:1250861
Conference
17th International Conference Perspectives in Business Informatics Research (BIR 2018), Stockholm, Sweden, September 24-26, 2018
Available from: 2018-09-25 Created: 2018-09-25 Last updated: 2018-09-25Bibliographically approved

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