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Model-Centric Strategy-IT Alignment: An Empirical Study in Progress
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
2013 (English)In: Advanced Information Systems Engineering Workshops: CAiSE 2013 International Workshops. Proceedings / [ed] Xavier Franch, Pnina Soffer, Springer Berlin/Heidelberg, 2013, 146-155 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

IT pervades all sectors of today's organizations. To support efficient business solutions, business-IT alignment has been long-time discussed as a solution. Given the complexity of achieving alignment, in our research we have hypothesized the importance of one partial possible solution, namely, the fit between strategy and information system requirements. To systematically investigate the influence of widely-used business strategy formulations, such as Porter’s Value Chain, Kaplan & Norton’s Strategy Maps, and others, we propose a model-centric approach to strategy-IT alignment where the strategy formulations are represented in the form of models, and mapped to requirements models. The objective of this paper is to present a pilot empirical investigation assessing if strategy-IT alignment is an issue of concern, and seeking to obtain insights from practitioners about relevance of our modelbased view for strategy-IT alignment. The empirical information is collected through a well-prepared questionnaire-based survey.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer Berlin/Heidelberg, 2013. 146-155 p.
Series
Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing, ISSN 1865-1348 ; 148
Keyword [en]
Business, Alignment, IT, Strategy, Requirements
National Category
Information Systems
Research subject
Computer and Systems Sciences
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-97226DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-38490-5_12ISBN: 978-3-642-38489-9 (print)ISBN: 978-3-642-38490-5 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-97226DiVA: diva2:676270
Conference
CAiSE 2013 International Workshops, Valencia, Spain, June 17-21, 2013
Available from: 2013-12-05 Created: 2013-12-05 Last updated: 2014-03-31Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Model-driven Alignment: Linking Business Strategy with Information Systems
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Model-driven Alignment: Linking Business Strategy with Information Systems
2014 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Information technology (IT) is more pervasive than ever before, constituting a significant factor for performance and survival in the business arena. It is essential that IT within organizations understands what the Business needs in order to provide the necessary support and bring value, which is also true when IT is also the main value creator. Therefore, alignment between the Business and IT within organizations is an issue of great concern and it is still open for solvency both for business and IT executives and practitioners.

This work is scoped to the alignment linkage between business strategy and information systems (IS), where business strategy typically constitutes the primary exponent of the Business and IS typically encapsulates the elements of IT sustaining an organization. Current approaches are either focused on detailed aspects of IS and treat business strategy abstractly or use distinct business strategy formulations (e.g. Value Chain) but deal with IS only partially. This is problematic because the abstract use of business strategy hinders traceability of strategic intentions and initiatives towards features/aspects of IS, which are aimed to actualize and support such intentions. Because approaches using distinct business strategy formulations are not relevant to all organizations and are limited only to the IS aspects addressed.

Introducing a model-driven approach for the alignment linkage is aimed at addressing the outlined shortcomings. Following a design science research paradigm, the main artifact developed is the Unified Business Strategy Meta-Model (UBSMM), which is based on conceptualizing established business strategy formulations (e.g. Value Chain) and integrating them. UBSMM supports mappings to IS models used in organizations, such as IS requirements, enterprise models and enterprise architecture, and provides unambiguous utilization of business strategy for the alignment linkage.

Contributions of this thesis are grounded both on the process of building UBSMM and mapping to IS models, as well as the artifact itself. Conceptualizing and integrating business strategy formulations provides a less ambiguous and unified view of strategic concepts. This limits variations in interpretation and reinforces mappings to IS models, which are defined based on inter-schema properties across models. Therefore, UBSMM can link business strategy to IS models enhancing their communication in a traceable manner, ergo, support alignment.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Department of Computer and Systems Sciences, Stockholm University, 2014. 113 p.
Series
Report Series / Department of Computer & Systems Sciences, ISSN 1101-8526 ; 14-008
Keyword
Alignment, Business, Strategy, Information, Systems, Requirements, IS, Enterprise, Models, Modeling
National Category
Information Systems, Social aspects
Research subject
Computer and Systems Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-102214 (URN)978-91-7447-891-4 (ISBN)
Public defence
2014-05-05, sal B, Forum, Isafjordsgatan 39, Kista, 13:00 (English)
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Note

At the time of the doctoral defense, the following papers were unpublished and had a status as follows: Paper 10: Submitted. Paper 11: Accepted.

Available from: 2014-04-14 Created: 2014-03-28 Last updated: 2014-04-08Bibliographically approved

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