Assignment 5U7Z0067 Strategic Information Systems and Technology
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Unit Title: Strategic Information Systems and TechnologyUnit Code:5U7Z0067Core: YLevel: 7Assignment Title:Unit Leader: Sofiane TebbouneContact Details:firstname.lastname@example.org; Tel. 0161 247 6692Submission Date: See dateon MoodleFeedback Return Date: See Date on MoodleSubmission Instructions: The assignment should be submitted electronically through Turnitin onMoodle.Feedback Return Information: Feedback will be made available on Moodle.Assignment TaskCritically discuss the alignment between Information Technology and Business Strategy, in lightof new global technological developments.This is an individual assignment (worth 50% of the overall unit’s grade) in which you have towrite a 3000-word essay on the above topic.Unit Learning Outcomes Assessed.1.Explain the different aspects of organisational strategy.2.Critically assess the fundamental concepts of Information Systems in organisations.3.Critically evaluate the different approaches to Strategic Information Systems.Assignment Details and InstructionsThe relationship between Information Technology (IT) and Business Strategy has long been thesubject of intense debate. With the way and the pace of change in the area of IT, not only thestrategic value of IT has been put under scrutiny, but also the way IT interacts with businessstrategy needs to be rethought. One side of the argument advances that the alignmentbetween IT and business is highly desirable, whereas others have claimed that due to thedynamic nature of business strategy IT should only be loosely aligned to business.The assignment is an individual3000-word (+/- 10%) essay. The key issues will be discussed inthe lectures and tutorials, and the following points should be taken into consideration:Outline the main ideas around the alignment of IT to business strategy, including thecriticism targeted at these ideas. Chan and Reich (2007a) is a very good starting point,but you need to move beyond their ideas.Critically discuss IT-Business alignment in light of new global developments inInformation Technology. Development of the service-orientation of IT, in particular,offers some new opportunities for reconsidering these arguments.Critically discuss the impact of alignment – or misalignment – on the organisation and itsperformance. Some of the aspects that could be covered are the resilience oforganisations, aspects of leadership, as well as competitive advantage. You are stronglyadvised to take this part of the essay as an opportunity to research an area of interest toyou.Faculty ofBusiness and LawAssignment Brief 2016/17
Plagiarism:Students will be penalised if they copy material or re-use the work of others without fullacknowledgement (your work must be written in your own words and referencedappropriately). Please refer to the university’s regulations for more details on plagiarism(http://www.celt.mmu.ac.uk/plagiarism/index.php)Referencing:Please ensure to reference all work using the Harvard Referencing System (H.R.S). If you areunsure about using the H.R.S., details can be located at the Library or via Moodle. Assignmentsthat fail to use the H.R.S. will be penalised.Please refer to the university’s library for more details on H.R.S.(libguides.mmu.ac.uk/refguide/mmuharvard)Early Career/ World Class Professional Skills (PLOs) being assessed or developed/assessed.1.Demonstrate critical professional and commercial awareness in your discipline.2.Demonstrate global awareness of business practice.The skills that would be developed in this assignment are as follows:Professional and commercial awareness in the area of Information Systems (IS) and itsapplicability in organisations. Furthermore, knowledge of the interaction between ISand organisations.Awareness of the impact of IT on organisations in a global context.You will also develop skills in critical analysis and verbal communication.Resources:The following list of references should be considered as a starting point for your research. Youare expected to find more relevant references to base your review on.Alexandre, R., Isabelle, W. and Michel, K. (2016)Is SAM Still Alive? A Bibliometric andInterpretive Mapping of the Strategic Alignment Research Field,Journal of StrategicInformation Systems, 25, 75-103Bharadwaj, A. S. (2000). "A Resource-Based Perspective on Information TechnologyCapability and Firm Performance: An Empirical Investigation."MIS Quarterly24(1): 169-196.Benlian, A. and Haffke, I. (2016) Does Mutuality Matter? Examining the Bilateral Nature andEffects of CEO-CIO Mutual Understanding,Journal of Strategic Information Systems, 25, 104-126Broadbent, M., Weill, P. and St.Clair, D. (1999) The Implications of Information TechnologyInfrastructure for Business Process Redesign. MIS Quarterly, 23(2), 159-182.Carr, N. G. (2003) IT Doesn't Matter. Harvard Business Review, May, 41-49.Chan, Y. E. and Reich, B. H. (2007a) IT Alignment: What Have We Learned?Journal ofInformation Technology, 22, 297-315.Chan, Y. E. and Reich, B. H. (2007b) IT Alignment: An Annotated Bibliography. Journal ofInformation Technology, 22, 316-396.Grant, K., Hackney, R. and Edgar, D. (2010). Strategic Information Systems Management,Cengage.Luftman, J. N., Lewis, P. R. and Oldach, S. H. (1993) Transforming the Enterprise: TheAlignment of Business and Information Technology Strategies. IBM Systems Journal, 32(1),198-221.Strnadl, C. F. (2006) Aligning Business and IT: The Process-driven Architecture Model.