The Interplay of Strategic Management and Information Technology

The Interplay of Strategic Management and Information Technology

Zaiyong Tang (Louisiana Tech University, USA) and Bruce Walters (Louisiana Tech University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-677-8.ch003
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Abstract

The authors trace historical developments in the fields of information technology (IT) and strategic management. IT’s evolution from the mainframe era to the Internet era has been accompanied by a shift in the strategic emphasis of IT. In the early days, IT’s contribution to the organization was largely information provision, monitoring and control. Current research at the intersection of IT and strategic management increasingly highlights the impact of IT in terms of informing strategic decisions and enabling information flow vis-à-vis all manner of organizational processes. We believe these fields are ripe for research focusing on their complementary impact on organizational performance.

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