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Rethinking IS Strategic Alignment : A Middle Management Perspective

Leidner, Dorothy E. LU ; Milovich, Michael and Preston, David S. (2018) 38th International Conference on Information Systems: Transforming Society with Digital Innovation, ICIS 2017 In ICIS 2017: Transforming Society with Digital Innovation
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IS strategic alignment remains a research phenomenon of key interest, specifically regarding the dimensions of social IS alignment (i.e., shared IS understanding among key organizational members) and intellectual IS alignment (i.e., IS/business strategy congruence). The examination of IS alignment has been predominantly limited to the examination of top ranks within the organization; however, we contend that middle management (MM) are essential organizational stakeholders for IS alignment as supported via upper echelons theory in conjunction with the knowledge-based view of the firm. The findings (derived from MMs across 111 organizations) provide support that: 1) MM strategic knowledge has a complementary influence MM’s ability to... (More)

IS strategic alignment remains a research phenomenon of key interest, specifically regarding the dimensions of social IS alignment (i.e., shared IS understanding among key organizational members) and intellectual IS alignment (i.e., IS/business strategy congruence). The examination of IS alignment has been predominantly limited to the examination of top ranks within the organization; however, we contend that middle management (MM) are essential organizational stakeholders for IS alignment as supported via upper echelons theory in conjunction with the knowledge-based view of the firm. The findings (derived from MMs across 111 organizations) provide support that: 1) MM strategic knowledge has a complementary influence MM’s ability to develop social alignment with both IS management and the top management team (TMT); and 2) the two alignment dimensions operate in a sequential nature with social alignment linking MM strategic knowledge to intellectual alignment. Our findings provide key insight to both theory and practice.

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And Knowledge-based View, Intellectual Alignment, IS Strategic Alignment, Middle Management, Social Alignment, Upper Echelons Theory
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ICIS 2017: Transforming Society with Digital Innovation
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38th International Conference on Information Systems: Transforming Society with Digital Innovation, ICIS 2017
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  abstract     = {<p>IS strategic alignment remains a research phenomenon of key interest, specifically regarding the dimensions of social IS alignment (i.e., shared IS understanding among key organizational members) and intellectual IS alignment (i.e., IS/business strategy congruence). The examination of IS alignment has been predominantly limited to the examination of top ranks within the organization; however, we contend that middle management (MM) are essential organizational stakeholders for IS alignment as supported via upper echelons theory in conjunction with the knowledge-based view of the firm. The findings (derived from MMs across 111 organizations) provide support that: 1) MM strategic knowledge has a complementary influence MM’s ability to develop social alignment with both IS management and the top management team (TMT); and 2) the two alignment dimensions operate in a sequential nature with social alignment linking MM strategic knowledge to intellectual alignment. Our findings provide key insight to both theory and practice.</p>},
  author       = {Leidner, Dorothy E. and Milovich, Michael and Preston, David S.},
  booktitle    = {ICIS 2017: Transforming Society with Digital Innovation},
  keyword      = {And Knowledge-based View,Intellectual Alignment,IS Strategic Alignment,Middle Management,Social Alignment,Upper Echelons Theory},
  language     = {eng},
  publisher    = {Association for Information Systems},
  title        = {Rethinking IS Strategic Alignment : A Middle Management Perspective},
  year         = {2018},
}