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Beyond the Business Case: New Approaches to IT Investment

  title={Beyond the Business Case: New Approaches to IT Investment},
  author={Jeanne W. Ross and Cynthia Mathis Beath},
  journal={MIT Sloan Management Review},
New research from MIT's Center for Information Systems Research and others reveals that successful companies are revolutionizing the way IT investments get decided. Investments are no longer justified merely on the basis of making a functional silo more profitable. Today the strategic needs of the whole company come first. In the last 15 years, write professors Jeanne Ross of MIT's Sloan School of Management and Cynthia Beath of the University of Texas, a tidal wave of IT-enabled initiatives… 
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