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How useful are strategic plans for information systems?

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Although much research has been done in the area of strategic planning for information systems (IS), relatively less research has focused on the output of the IS planning process, namely, the IS plan. This paper examines the usefulness of IS plans through a field survey of 136 IS executives. Results indicate that IS plans are generally perceived to be useful for supporting business objectives, improving systems integration, exploiting information technology (IT) for competitive advantage, and prioritising IS development projects. Conversely, IS plans are perceived to be less useful for clarifying the role of IS, evaluating IS performance, anticipating surprises and crisis, and adapting to unanticipated situations. Implications of these results are discussed.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Decision Science, Faculty of Business Administration National University of Singapore 2: Department of Decision Science, Faculty of Business Administration, National University of Singapore

Publication date: June 1, 2000

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