A study of subsidiaries' views of information systems strategic planning in multinational organisations

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Abstract

This research examines information systems strategic planning (ISSP) in multinationals from the perspective of the subsidiaries. The research was carried out through interviews with the IT and business managers in subsidiaries of nine large American, European, and Japanese multinationals. The evidence from this study reveals that, in the majority of these organisations, IS planning is either centralised or moving towards centralisation. The main focus of IS planning, in many of these organisations, is to control cost and achieve scale economies. As centralisation increases IT tends to control the planning process and, as a result, IS planning becomes more tactical than strategic and is dominated by IT infrastructure planning. Project implementation was the main criterion used to measure IS planning success. However, due to the dominant role of IT, the subsidiary business managers are often less satisfied with the IS planning approach compared with the subsidiary IT managers. The level of involvement of business managers and their satisfaction with ISSP was related to the degree of decentralisation of responsibility for IS planning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)324-352
Number of pages29
JournalJournal of Strategic Information Systems
Volume16
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2007

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Strategic planning
Information systems
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IS planning
Strategic information systems planning
Subsidiaries
Multinational organizations

Keywords

  • Information systems strategic planning
  • Multinational companies
  • Multinational subsidiaries
  • Strategic alignment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Information Systems
  • Information Systems and Management

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A study of subsidiaries' views of information systems strategic planning in multinational organisations. / Mohd. Zain, Mohd. Zaher; Ward, John M.

In: Journal of Strategic Information Systems, Vol. 16, No. 4, 12.2007, p. 324-352.

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