A Practical Method to Plan Co-Evolution of Business and Information Technology

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In our fast-changing digital world, Business-IT alignment is not about reaching an end state where business and IT are aligned but about continuously adapting both IT and business to remain aligned with each other. Currently, managerial instruments for doing so are lacking or disconnected. We aim to provide a light-weight and easy-to-use managerial tool for regular re-alignment and co-evolution of organisational goals and software assets for technical and business-oriented stakeholders. Using a Design Science Research approach, we designed our planning method by conducting exploratory interviews to establish its requirements, reviewing pre-existing instruments, expanding upon them, and integrating them into a single planning process. As a result, we created a 5-step method for collaboratively creating, sharing, and monitoring so-called “evolution plans” and evaluated it in an educational pilot and through confirmatory expert interviews. Our method contributes to emerging research that complements established theoretical models of business-IT alignment with its practical operationalisation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 25th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems - (Volume 2)
Editors Joaquim Filipe, Michał Śmiałek, Alexander Brodsky , Slimane Hammoudi
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9789897586484
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Event25th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems - Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 24 Apr 202326 Apr 2023
Conference number: 25

Publication series

SeriesInternational Conference on Enterprise Information Systems, ICEIS - Proceedings


Conference25th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems
Abbreviated titleICEIS 2023
Country/TerritoryCzech Republic
Internet address


  • Business-IT Alignment
  • Design Science
  • Digital Business Strategy
  • IT Strategy
  • Software Evolution


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