The impact of strategic alignment perspectives on IT projects: Analysis and discussions

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Al-Hatmi, A., & Hales, K. (2011). The impact of strategic alignment perspectives on IT projects: Analysis and discussions. Paper presented at the Oman 2011 International business conference. Business and society in the Middle East: Opportunities and challenges in the third millennium, Oman.

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The problem investigated in this research concerned factors influencing the success of IT projects. These factors are called Strategic Alignment (SA) Perspectives. Based on a literature review and on the organizational structure theory and knowledge theory, a reference model of Strategic Alignment Perspectives was developed to better achieve the alignment between business and IT strategy. The methodology of this research is based on archival records. The rich data provided us with the insight to enable us to understand the deployment of SA in the real context of a public agency. Four IT projects from a public agency were randomly selected and their SA perspectives were analysed in the IT governance context in which they were most appropriately used. A reference model was used and proved to be a simple but effective method of measuring the maturity levels of the SA perspectives and their attributes.

A significant implication of the study is that the delivery of IT projects on time and on budget is an inadequate measurement for the value realization from IT. The consideration of alignment domains is essential and this can be employed to increase the understanding needed for a better achievement of value realization in a public organization. If these domains are put into a holistic approach and IT governance is implemented properly (De Haes & Grembergen, 2008) many limitations in public organizations should be overcome. It is a crucial issue to investigate the role of SA in the success of IT projects. A conclusion and a recommendation are provided.

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