Validating adequacy and suitability of business-IT alignment criteria in an inter-enterprise maturity model

R.G. Santana Tapia, Maia Daneva, Pascal van Eck

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    Aligning requirements of a business with its information technology is currently a major issue in enterprise computing. Existing literature indicates important criteria to judge the level of alignment between business and IT within a single enterprise. However, identifying such criteria in an inter-enterprise setting – or re-thinking the existing ones – is hardly addressed at all. Business-IT alignment in such settings poses new challenges, as in inter-enterprise collaborations, alignment is driven by economic processes instead of centralized decision-making processes. In our research, we develop a maturity model for business-IT alignment in inter-enterprise settings that takes this difference into account. In this paper, we report on a multi-method approach we devised to confront the validation of the business-IT alignment criteria that we included in the maturity model. As independent feedback is critical for our validation, we used a focus group session and a case study as instruments to take the first step in validating the business-IT alignment criteria. We present how we applied our approach, what we learnt, and what the implications were for our model.
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the Eleventh IEEE International EDOC Enterprise Computing Conference
    Place of PublicationLos Alamitos
    PublisherIEEE Computer Society Press
    Number of pages12
    ISBN (Print)0-7695-2891-0
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2007
    Event11th IEEE International Enterprise Distributed Object Computing Conference, EDOC 2007 - Annapolis, United States
    Duration: 15 Oct 200719 Oct 2007
    Conference number: 11

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    PublisherIEEE Computer Society Press


    Conference11th IEEE International Enterprise Distributed Object Computing Conference, EDOC 2007
    Abbreviated titleEDOC
    Country/TerritoryUnited States


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    • METIS-242010
    • IR-64429
    • EWI-11271

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