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The Strategic Role of Information Technology in a Multinational Company: A Case of an Organization with Subsidiaries in Egypt and Sweden
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
2011 (English)In: Cases on Business and Management in the MENA Region: New Trends and Opportunities, IGI Global , 2011, 135-155 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this case study research is to study the strategic role that information technology ( IT) plays in two subsidiaries - located in Egypt and Sweden - of a multinational company with a federal organizational structure. Using a well-established evaluation framework and a widely accepted model, we examine two important aspects of the strategic role of IT: i) how IT supports business and organizational strategy; and ii) the maturity of business and IT strategy alignment. The case study discusses the importance of having a balanced relationship among business strategy, information strategy, organizational strategy, and the way in which business and IT managers should act to improve business-IT alignment, also referred to as strategic alignment. Based on the results of the comparative analysis of the two companies, the research presents concrete recommendations that IT decision-makers from the two subsidiaries of the multinational company should consider to improve IT performance.

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IGI Global , 2011. 135-155 p.
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Information Science Economics and Business
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Computer and Systems Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-62358DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-583-4.ch010ISI: 000303197700011ISBN: 978-1-60960-584-1OAI: diva2:441283
Available from: 2011-09-15 Created: 2011-09-15 Last updated: 2013-10-21Bibliographically approved

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