Business/IT alignment during a post merger integration

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/107544
Title:
Business/IT alignment during a post merger integration
Authors:
Marley, Andy
Abstract:
Alignment between an Information Technology (IT) function and the organisation it serves is the process that drives successful investments in the effective and efficient use of IT to reduce internal and external business costs, and to create a competitive edge. Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) have a high impact on the organisations involved and the stressful post-merger integration process often includes anxiety, restructuring, and a new corporate identity, all of which create a high degree of uncertainty for those involved. This research project considers the subject of Business/IT alignment within the time-frame of a post-merger IT integration. Within this period of great change the IT function needs to plan and execute a complex project that joins together the Information Systems (IS), IT infrastructure, and IT staff of two companies, while balancing the needs of the Business to take advantage of the positives, and avoid the negatives of its new position. Specifically this study examines the key factors relating to Business/IT alignment at a tactical level that contribute to a successful IT integration, using a case study of a single manufacturing business unit, adding to the knowledge of the IT governance subject. i A key alignment criterion and two individual alignment factors\were identified from the case study as supporting Business and IT strategies during a post-merger IT integration.
Advisors:
Holman, Dennis
Publisher:
University of Chester
Publication Date:
Oct-2009
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/107544
Type:
Thesis or dissertation
Language:
en
Appears in Collections:
Masters Dissertations

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.advisorHolman, Dennisen
dc.contributor.authorMarley, Andyen
dc.date.accessioned2010-07-13T14:10:48Z-
dc.date.available2010-07-13T14:10:48Z-
dc.date.issued2009-10-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/107544-
dc.description.abstractAlignment between an Information Technology (IT) function and the organisation it serves is the process that drives successful investments in the effective and efficient use of IT to reduce internal and external business costs, and to create a competitive edge. Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) have a high impact on the organisations involved and the stressful post-merger integration process often includes anxiety, restructuring, and a new corporate identity, all of which create a high degree of uncertainty for those involved. This research project considers the subject of Business/IT alignment within the time-frame of a post-merger IT integration. Within this period of great change the IT function needs to plan and execute a complex project that joins together the Information Systems (IS), IT infrastructure, and IT staff of two companies, while balancing the needs of the Business to take advantage of the positives, and avoid the negatives of its new position. Specifically this study examines the key factors relating to Business/IT alignment at a tactical level that contribute to a successful IT integration, using a case study of a single manufacturing business unit, adding to the knowledge of the IT governance subject. i A key alignment criterion and two individual alignment factors\were identified from the case study as supporting Business and IT strategies during a post-merger IT integration.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherUniversity of Chesteren
dc.subjectmergers and acquisitionsen
dc.subjectIT integrationen
dc.subjectIT governanceen
dc.subjectbusiness alignmenten
dc.titleBusiness/IT alignment during a post merger integrationen
dc.typeThesis or dissertationen
dc.type.qualificationnameMScen
dc.type.qualificationlevelMasters Degreeen
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