Exploration of the misalignment between business and IT strategic objectives in public-sector organisations: An empirical study in Saudi Arabia

Abulaziz AlGhazi*, Mengxiang Li*, Tingru Cui*, Samuel Fosso*, Jun Shen*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Understanding business-IT strategy misalignment is an increasingly important area of research in digitalisation of different business sectors. However, there is currently a dearth of research investigations of misalignment between business and IT strategic objectives in public-sector organisations. Considering the nature of business, the structure of organisation, and the organisational resources of public-sector organisations, the investigation of business-IT misalignment can significantly enrich our theoretical exemplification of the relationship between business and IT in the public sector. Moreover, it provides some insights for managers to identify and avoid the possible pitfalls during the IT implementation process. Anchoring on the strategic alignment model, this research aims to identify and analyse the factors that contribute to business/IT strategy misalignment in Saudi Arabian public-sector organisations. Using a qualitative study design that included semi-structured interviews in five public-sector organisations in Saudi Arabia, our findings indicate that the human, operational, and IT system factors lead to business-IT strategy misalignment. This study also finds that those practical approaches for avoiding the misalignment in Saudi public-sector organisations sometimes lack structure and consistency.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDigital Transformation: Challenges and Opportunities
Subtitle of host publication16th Workshop on e-Business, WeB 2017, Seoul, South Korea, December 10, 2017, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsWooje Cho, Ming Fan, Michael J. Shaw, Byungjoon Yoo, Han Zhang
PublisherSpringer Cham
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9783319999364
ISBN (Print)9783319999357
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2018
Event16th Annual Workshop on e-Business, WeB 2017 - Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 10 Dec 201710 Dec 2017

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Business Information Processing
ISSN (Print)1865-1348
ISSN (Electronic)1865-1356


Conference16th Annual Workshop on e-Business, WeB 2017
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Business and International Management
  • Information Systems
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Information Systems and Management

User-Defined Keywords

  • Business and IT alignment
  • Business and IT misalignment
  • Business strategy
  • IT strategy
  • Public sector
  • Saudi arabia


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