Contingent dynamics of IS alignment in SMEs

M. Levy, P. Powell, P. Yetton

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Performance is a function of the alignment between information systems (IS) strategy and other business domains, including business strategy and organization structure. However, research has focused on the outcomes of that process, rather than the processes by which that alignment is developed. Using multiple case data, this paper investigates alignment in SMEs, explaining why different SMEs follow different paths to alignment. Four paths are identified, with the path chosen contingent on an SME's market position. The four paths vary from simple, when the focus of the IS investment is on improving control, to complex, when the intent is to reposition the SME. The implications of these findings for management and research are explored.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication17th European Conference on Information Systems, ECIS 2009
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventEuropean Conference on Information Systems - Verona, Italy
Duration: 7 Jun 20099 Jun 2009


ConferenceEuropean Conference on Information Systems


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