Development and Validation of an Instrument to Measure Maturity of IT Business Strategic Alignment Mechanisms
Deb Sledgianowski (Hofstra University, USA), Jerry N. Luftman (Stevens Institute of Technology, USA) and Richard R. Reilly (Stevens Institute of Technology, USA)
Copyright: © 2008
Achieving IT-business alignment has been a long-standing, critical, information management issue. A theoretical framework of the maturity levels of management practices and strategic IT choices that facilitate alignment was empirically tested and validated. Confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) validated 6 factors and identified 22 indices to measure strategic alignment maturity. A mixed model repeated measure analysis of variance (ANOVA) obtained significant results for both the main effect and interaction effect of differences for the 6 maturity factors across the 11 business units. Regression analysis found a positive association between overall strategic alignment maturity and respondents’ self-rated maturity. These exploratory findings show promise for the assessment instrument to be used as a diagnostic tool for organizations to improve their IT-business alignment maturity levels.