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Modeling Alignment As A Higher Order Nomological Framework

R. V. D. Wetering
Published 2016 · Computer Science

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Achieving Business/IT-alignment (BITA) and pursuing intended goals within organizations seems an intricate and poorly examined process. We argue that without proper theories concerning BITA, the ‘mapping’ of theoretical constructs onto empirical phenomena, is ambiguous. In this paper we synthesize a higher order nomological framework for BITA with a considerable degree of complexity, coherence and causality. We aim to extend and generalize previous work on BITA within the healthcare domain, drawing on principles of complexity science. Our framework explains how BITA is related to firm performance. Using this knowledge, organizations can define improvement activities that can be executed along five organizational dimensions that best meets a organizations’ current and future needs; done simultaneously and hence by an integrated management perspective. This work contributes to academia by using a modeling approach that overcomes acknowledged limitations of existing approaches. Doing so, the outcomes of this study also offer many opportunities for future research.
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