- List of Contributors
- Historical Reflections on the Practice of Information Management and Implications for the Field of MIS
- Tracing the History of the Information Systems Field
- The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth: High‐Quality Research in Information Systems
- Systems Thinking and Soft Systems Methodology
- Structuration Theory
- Institutional Theory of Information Technology
- ‘Everything is Dangerous’: Rethinking Michel Foucault and the Social Study of ICT
- Critical Social Information Systems Research
- Hermeneutics and Meaning‐Making in Information Systems
- Phenomenology, Screens, and <i>Screenness</i>: Returning to the World Itself
- Post‐structuralism, Social Shaping of Technology, and Actor‐Network Theory: What Can They Bring to IS Research?
- Further Developments in Information Systems Strategizing: Unpacking the Concept
- Rethinking Business–IT Alignment
- IT‐Dependent Strategic Initiatives and Sustained Competitive Advantage: A Review, Synthesis, and an Extension of the Literature
- Changing the Story Surrounding Enterprise Systems to Improve our Understanding of What Makes ERP Work in Organizations
- A Multi‐theoretic Approach to IT Governance: The Need for Commitment as well as Alignment
- Rethinking Information Systems Security
- Mobile IT
- A Review of the IT Outsourcing Literature: Insights for Practice
- Managing Knowledge Work
- Rethinking Gender and MIS for the Twenty‐First Century
- Green Digits: Towards an Ecology of IT Thinking
- Ethics and ICT
- IT, Globalization, and Human Development: A Personal View
- Discourses on Innovation and Development in Information Systems in Developing Countries Research
- From Instrumentality to Emergence in Information Systems
Abstract and Keywords
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.
Yolande E. Chan is Professor, MIS, and Director, The Monieson Centre at the School of Business at Queen's University in Canada. She holds a Ph.D. from the Richard Ivey School of Business, an M.Phil. in Management Studies from Oxford University, and SM and SB degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT. She is a Rhodes Scholar. Prior to joining Queen's, she worked with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). Dr Chan conducts research on strategic alignment, knowledge management, and information privacy. She serves on editorial boards and has published findings in several leading MIS journals.
Blaize Horner Reich worked for many years in the IT industry as a practitioner, project manager, and consultant before developing an academic career. She is currently a board member for several academic journals and a corporate director. Dr. Reich has been published in many journals, including MIS Quarterly, Journal of Information Technology, Journal of Management Information Systems, and the Journal of Strategic Information Systems. Her current IT project research focuses on knowledge management and modelling performance. Her IT governance work focuses on managing risk and attaining business‐IT alignment.
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