A Model for Operationalising Influencing Factors in IT Strategy Deployment

A Model for Operationalising Influencing Factors in IT Strategy Deployment

Tiko Iyamu (Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-1948-7.ch010
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Abstract

The reliance on information technology (IT) keeps increasing and rapidly as technology advances. Information technology has become so significant that it is critical to the success or failure of many organisations. Hence the organisations emphasises on strategy for IT, to enable and support their processes and activities, periodically. The IT strategy is influenced by many factors at both development and implementation levels. These factors enable and at the same time constraint during the development and implementation of the IT strategy in the organisation. The research examines the types of factors which exist during the development and implementation of IT strategy. This includes the roles of the factors and how they manifest to influence IT strategy. In achieving this object of the research, a case study method was employed and Structuration Theory was applied to examine the factors which emerge and how they impact the development and implementation of IT strategy in the organisation.
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2. Research Methodology

Qualitative, interpretive case study approaches were adopted in the study. This was due to the nature of the study, which sought to understand the impact of the interplay between the existing structures and humans in the development and implementation of IT strategy. Rowlands (2005) argued that the interpretive research method acknowledges the intimate relationship between the researcher, what is being explored, and the factors which shapes process. The study was unpinned by the Structuration Theory (ST), a theory by Anthony Giddens (1984). The analysis was carried out using the duality of structure from ST.

It was believed that the case study approach was the appropriate research strategy. This was primarily because of the advantages and opportunities it presented to create novel and profound insights and to examine the rich contextual influences (Myers, 1997; Yin, 2009). Other approaches could have been adopted. However, this would not have revealed in detail the unique experiences of individuals in the organisations and the factors influencing their IT strategy. According to Noor (2008), the case study approach is best used in probing particular area of interest.

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