Using coevolutionary and complexity theories to improve IS alignment: a multi-level approach

@article{Benbya2006UsingCA,
  title={Using coevolutionary and complexity theories to improve IS alignment: a multi-level approach},
  author={Hind Benbya and Bill McKelvey},
  journal={Journal of Information Technology},
  year={2006},
  volume={21},
  pages={284-298}
}
The misalignment of information systems (IS) components with the rest of an organization remains a critical and chronic unsolved problem in today's complex and turbulent world. This paper argues that the coevolutionary and emergent nature of alignment has rarely been taken into consideration in IS research and that this is the reason behind why IS alignment is so difficult. A view of IS alignment is presented about organizations that draws and builds on complexity theory and especially its… Expand

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