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One Organization, One Strategy

One Organization, One Strategy
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Author(s): Kevin Johnston (University of Cape Town, South Africa)
Copyright: 2009
Pages: 5
Source title: Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Second Edition
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-026-4.ch461


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Most organizations have multiple levels of strategic plans (de Kluyver & Pearce, 2006), one of which is the Information Technology (IT) strategic plan. The alignment of an organization’s business strategy with its IT strategy has been a concern of CIOs (Benson & Standing, 2008; Croteau & Bergeron, 2001; Johnston, Muganda, & Theys, 2007; Luftman Kempaiah, & Nash, 2006), CEOs (Armstrong, Chamberlain, Moore, & Hart, 2002; O’Brien & Marakas, 2006), academic researchers (Henderson & Venkatraman, 1999; Kangas, 2003; Pearlson & Saunders, 2004; Reich & Benbasat, 2000), and research companies (Broadbent, 2000; Croteau & Bergeron, 2001; Meta Group, 2001) since the age of vacuum tubes. The Society for Information Management (SIM) studies reveal that ‘IT and Business Alignment’ was the number one management concern in 2003, 2004 and 2005, and has been one of the top 10 concerns since 1983(Luftman et al., 2006). IT and business strategies should not be separate or aligned; organizations should simply have one business strategy: one organization, one strategy.

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