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Business strategy and IT strategy alignment in SMEs
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study explores the following research question: How do CEO’s of SME’s seek to achieve and sustain alignment between business strategy and IT strategy in their companies? By conducting in-depth interviews of seven CEOs of SMEs in the Netherlands the experience of these CEOs are explored and most, if not all, of them describe how they do make use of sophisticated strategic planning that combines both business and IT strategy in a manner that appears to be analogous to that previous researchers have documented in large organisations. A number of recommendations are made as to how the methodology used could be improved to gain better understanding of the interplay of the factors involved in achieving and sustaining alignment in SMEs (and, perhaps, even large organisations)

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 26
Series
Informatik Student Paper Master (INFSPM) ; 2018.21
Keywords [en]
SMEs, business strategy, IT strategy, alignment, grounded theory, qualitative research
National Category
Social Sciences Information Systems, Social aspects
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-154609OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-154609DiVA, id: diva2:1274622
External cooperation
Representatives from various SMEs in the Netherlands
Educational program
Master's Programme in IT Management
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Available from: 2019-01-04 Created: 2019-01-02 Last updated: 2019-01-04Bibliographically approved

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