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Title: Using tactical and operational factors to assess strategic alignment: an SME study
Authors: Gutierrez, A
Orozco, J
Serrano, A
Serrano, AE
Keywords: Strategic alignment;Information systems planning;Alignment assessment
Issue Date: 2006
Citation: European and Mediterranean Conference on Information Systems (EMCIS), Costa Blanca, Alicante, Spain, July 6-7. (CD-ROM)
Abstract: The strategic use of Information Technology (IT), better known as strategic alignment, has significantly increased, as a result of the strong dependence of organisational activity on Information Systems (IS) and their related technologies. Strategic alignment is considered as a key element to improve performance on organisations, enhance efficiency and allow organisations to be more competitive in their respective industry. One of the first steps towards achieving strategic alignment is to have adequate means to measure it. Current assessment approaches, though, are mainly focused at the strategic level but provide little insight at tactical and operational levels, which are recognized as important areas for achieving strategic alignment. Furthermore, most of the existing approaches are tested in large organisations and there is little research on assessing the effectiveness of these approaches for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). This paper proposes an alternative instrument that rather than focusing only at the strategic level it aims to have a better understanding by measuring alignment at tactical and operational levels. Finally this paper presents the findings of applying this instrument on an SME.
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