IT Alignment in SMEs: Should it be with Strategy or Process?

  • Alejandro Cataldo Universidad de Talca
  • Robert McQueen University of Waikato
Keywords: IT alignment, Strategic Alignment, SMB, SME, SAM

Abstract

For many years researchers have been concerned about the alignment of Information Technology (IT) in businesses. Most of the published research has been focused on understanding the alignment of IT with strategy, but a more recent view is that IT alignment with processes would be better, especially for SMEs. This research presents the two different approaches to measuring IT alignment, then uses the case of a small dental clinic to contribute to understanding these two alternative approaches. The results showed that both strategic alignment and process alignment were important, but strategic guidelines set the framework for the use of IT in the processes. These results contradict the claims of researchers who defend the process approach. This work has implications for practitioners because it again highlights the importance of IT in a strategic context in SMEs. This research also contributes to the theory of IT alignment in SMEs, and we hope this will encourage other researchers to study which approach is best suited for this type of business.

Author Biography

Alejandro Cataldo, Universidad de Talca
Business systems engineering school
Published
2015-11-22
How to Cite
Cataldo, A., & McQueen, R. (2015). IT Alignment in SMEs: Should it be with Strategy or Process?. Australasian Journal of Information Systems, 19. https://doi.org/10.3127/ajis.v19i0.1212
Section
Selected Papers from the Australasian Conference on Information Systems (ACIS)