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date: 09 May 2021

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This article provides a comprehensive review of the information technology alignment literature, noting that it is one of the major concerns of senior executives and IT practitioners alike. The goal is to explore the many perspectives taken on alignment and to suggest ways in which academics and practitioners can integrate, build on, and apply what has been learned. It presents divergent views and new perspectives on alignment, first discussing the motivation for alignment research and moving on to provide a definition of alignment, given the range of perspectives to be found in the literature. This article addresses various issues such as: alignment creation and benefits that can reasonably be expected as a result. It highlights key implications for researchers and practitioners.

Keywords: information technology alignment, alignment research, researchers, practitioners, alignment creation

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