TITLE

The Road to Business-IT Alignment: A Case Study of Two Chinese Companies

AUTHOR(S)
Nianxin Wang; Yajiong Xue; Huigang Liang; Shilun Ge
PUB. DATE
January 2011
SOURCE
Communications of the Association for Information Systems;2011, Vol. 28, p415
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Business information technology alignment (BITA) has been found to improve firm performance. Yet little is known about the process through which firms achieve BITA. Less is known about this process in China, the fastest-growing economy in the world. We conducted case studies with two Chinese firms. We first used the Strategic Alignment Maturity assessment model to evaluate these two firms' BITA degree. Then we applied punctuated equilibrium Theory to study the firms' dynamic BITA changing process. The results reveal BITA revolutions and identify their external and internal antecedents. Consistent with prior research, we find that the competitive environment, macro environment, performance deterioration, leadership change, and perception transformation contribute to revolutionary changes of BITA. More important, we find some unique impetuses of revolutionary changes of BITA in China, which include government support, organizational inertia, and social culture preferences. Theoretical and managerial implications of these findings are discussed.
ACCESSION #
70400209

 

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