Survey: Aligning IT with Strategic Plans - A Definitive Study

Survey: Aligning IT with Strategic Plans - A Definitive Study

Aligning an organisation's Information Technology (IT) with their strategic plans has been a major concern for senior and top management for over 15 years. Hundreds of articles have been written about it, numerous theories have been proposed and lots of suggestions have been put forward. After all this however there is still no real evidence of just what constitutes alignment, or what key factors would be present in an organisation that indicate a successful alignment of an organisation's IT with their strategic plans.

The purpose of this study therefore is to ascertain whether or not organisations align their IT to their strategic planning so as to optimise their investment in IT, and to identify these key factors if they are present. The study is being conducted by Jonathan Farrell, a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) student at Macquarie University Graduate School of Management as a part of doctoral research being conducted to meet the requirements for the degree of DBA under the supervision of Professor Ernest Jordan (tel: 02 9850-9041) at the Macquarie Graduate School of Management.

If you would like to participate in the study, please fill in the attached Questionnaire which should take around 30 - 40 minutes. If you would like to receive a summary of the results of the study you may fax or e-mail your contact details including name, postal address and / or e-mail address to the researcher at the contact details above.

Your participation is anonymous. All information gathered through this study will be handled in the strictest confidence. Access to collected data will be limited to the researcher and his supervisor only. Research findings, without identifying individual participants, will be incorporated in the researcher's doctoral thesis. Selected outcomes from the study, may be published in national professional association journals, and international refereed journals, as well as presented at both national and international conferences and seminars.

Thank you for your cooperation. If you have any questions about the Questionnaire or the study please don't hesitate to contact the researcher.

Yours sincerely

Jonathan Farrell


Ph: 02 9968 1442

Fax: 02 9968 1442


PLEASE NOTE: The ethical aspects of this study have been approved by the Macquarie University Ethics Review Committee (Human Research). If you have any complaints or reservations about any ethical aspect of your participation in this research, you may contact the Ethics Review Committee through its Secretary (telephone 02 9850 7854). Any complaint you make will be treated in confidence and investigated, and you will be informed of the outcome.

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