Organizational factors required for it and business strategies alignment

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi, Graduate School of Informatics, Information Systems, Turkey

Approval Date: 2015




Previous literature strongly supports that the alignment of a firm’s information systems with business strategies leads to superior business performance and provides the firm a competitive advantage in the market. This study examines the antecedent factors of IT and business strategies alignment particularly for the Turkish context. Our research method in this study is embedded correlational model under the umbrella of mixed method research design. We derived the factors that were shown to contribute to business-IT alignment in the literature. We distributed a survey and acquired the perspectives of 71 executives from middle to large sized firms registered to Ankara Chamber of Commerce (ATO) on those factors. Then we double checked the effectiveness of these factors with actual measures by correlating their perceived success in these factors with their IT alignment level. Lastly we conducted interviews to have a deeper insight about some intricate points in our findings. We found out that our ten factors collectively have a high correlation (r=.723) with the Business-IT alignment score. Three factors appeared to be strongly effective in attaining Business-IT alignment: executive support for IT, commitment to strategic use of IT and business-IT planning integration.