Exploring the impact of shared domain knowledge on strategic alignment in the Australian public sector

Al Omari, Loai & Barnes, Paul H. (2013) Exploring the impact of shared domain knowledge on strategic alignment in the Australian public sector. In 29th World Continuous Auditing and Reporting Symposium (29WCARS), 21-22 November 2013, South Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

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In this age of ever-increasing information technology (IT) driven environments, governments/or public sector organisations (PSOs) are expected to demonstrate the business value of the investment in IT and take advantage of the opportunities offered by technological advancements. Strategic alignment (SA) emerged as a mechanism to bridge the gap between business and IT missions, objectives, and plans in order to ensure value optimisation from investment in IT and enhance organisational performance. However, achieving and sustaining SA remains a challenge requiring even more agility nowadays to keep up with turbulent organisational environments. The shared domain knowledge (SDK) between the IT department and other diverse organisational groups is considered as one of the factors influencing the successful implementation of SA. However, SDK in PSOs has received relatively little empirical attention. This paper presents findings from a study which investigated the influence of SDK on SA within organisations in the Australian public sector. The developed research model examined the relationship of SDK between business and IT domains with SA using a survey of 56 public sector professionals and executives. A key research contribution is the empirical demonstration that increasing levels of SDK between IT and business groups leads to increased SA.

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ID Code: 77736
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Shared domain knowledge, Strategic alignment, Public sector, Business objectives, IT processes
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Emergency & Disaster Management
Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 16 Oct 2014 02:09
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2014 02:03

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