It takes two to tango: the fit between network context and inter-organizational strategic information systems planning

Antonius A.M. Spil, Tijs van den Broek, Hannu T.T. Salmela

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Abstract

The view of evaluating Strategic Information Systems Planning (Grover & Segars, 2005) process and effectiveness has matured. However, the inter-organizational view or network view is understudied. The introduction of information strategy in networks seems more reactive than proactive; many organizations continue to use SISP as a way to support their internal decision-making process without actually cooperating with their business partners. This article aims to qualitatively explore and validate, respectively, context and process dimensions in two inter-organizational cases: a network of municipalities in Finland and a network of healthcare organizations in the Netherlands. The first case study explores the network context and theorizes how network context influences inter-organizational SISP, discovering that the inter-organisational SISP process is influenced by the context, especially by the role of trust and complexity. The second case study is the exploration of three process dimensions: contingency, certainty and contractual agreements.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-41
JournalInternational journal of strategic information technology and applications
Volume1
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Keywords

  • eGovernment & e-health
  • IR-78242
  • METIS-269511
  • Evaluation
  • IT governance
  • Inter-organizational
  • SISP

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