The Strategic Role of Information Technology in a Multinational Company: A Case of an Organization with Subsidiaries in Egypt and Sweden
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)
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.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
IGI Global , 2011. 135-155 p.
Information Science Economics and Business
Research subject Computer and Systems Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-62358DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-583-4.ch010ISI: 000303197700011ISBN: 978-1-60960-584-1OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-62358DiVA: diva2:441283