Reference documents

Although a lot has been written on Business/IT Alignment, some papers are clearly more important than others. I will provide some links to the papers which I think are interesting.

An interesting overview of Yolande E Chan and Blaize Horner Reich: IT Alignment: what have we learned (2007):

The groundbreaking paper of Henderson & Venkatraman: Strategic Alignment: Leveraging Information Technology for Transforming Organizations (1993, 1999):

Jerry Luftman and Rajkumar Kempaiah: An Update on Business-IT Alignment: “A Line” Has Been Drawn, MIS Quarterly Executive Vol.6 No. 3, September 2007:

Jerry N. Luftman, Raymond Papp and Tom Brier: Enablers and Inhibitors of Business/IT Alignment (1999):

Rik Maes, Daan Rijsenbrij, Onno Truijens Hans Goedvolk
Redefining business – IT alignment through a unified framework:

  1. Arjan Vermeer says:

    I see a lot of “modelling” perspectives. Perhaps you should try to read this: “De Profundis? Deconstructing the Concept of Strategic Alignment”, Scandinavian Journal of Information Systems, 9 (1), pp. 67-82. 1997
    Maybe it puts some things in persepective?

    • frankjcoster says:

      I’ve read Ciborra and have planned to write a post on his views. I agree on your remark on the many models. That’s exactly what has driven me to start this blog. The many models, and still little help for me as a practitioner. I’m looking for answers and try to relate the things I’ve seen sofar. More and more, I feel alignment is about people, and all the models just look and a small part of a simplified reality. I’m also convinced that alignment is not a Business/IT thing. It’s just about managing different groups in complex organisations to work together. I wouldn’t restrict it to strategy and technology like Ciborra does, but look at it fro. A wider perspective. Thanks for your respons!

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  10. BCOB Web says:

    Please note, your link for Enablers and Inhibitors of Business/IT Alignment is broken. This document is no longer available on the Belk College website.

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