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Richard Bricknall 2005-10-01

Litterature seminar 2

Base litterature task
October Book/Article 1. John Ward and Joe Peppard, Strategic Planning for Information Systems, Third Edition , John Wiley & Sons, 2002, Chapters 4-6 2. Henderson and Venkatraman, Strategic alignment :Leveraging information technology for transforming organisations, IBM Systems Journal, Vol.36, Nos. 2&3, 1999 3. Claudio Ciborra, De Profundis? Deconstructing the concept of strategic alignment, Scandinavian Journal of information systems, Vol. 9, No. 1, 1997. 4. Michael Earl, Experiences in strategic information systems planning, MIS Quarterly, Vol. 17, No. 1, 1993 A Strategy formulation contra strategy realisation, which is the most important and how should they fit together. B Which is Ciborras most relevant argument against “strategic alignment”? What arguments speak for alignment and which speak against it? C Which of Michael Earl’s strategy approaches are similar to how you pursue strategy development at CSC. Give a short description of your way of working.

Strategy formulation results in three main components of IS strategy. Firstly an analysis of the existing and expected future business and IS/IT environments ands strategies. Secondly the requirements arising from the current business strategy and thirdly the future potential IS/IT provides by identifying opportunities to support and achieve the business strategy and increase its competitive edge. This work is driven by the business managers with support of IT managers. In itself this process is an extremely important one simply for the fact that it increases the understanding between business and IT of the problems and opportunities the other has to solve. Henderson and Venkatraman identify the concept of strategic alignment being built on the building blocks of strategic fit and functional integration and that strategy should be articulated in terms internal and external components. Using their Strategic Alignment Model they...
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