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Critical Success Factors For Business – It Alignment:A Review Of Current Research


  • Ilir Kurti

    () (Ministry of Defense, Tirana)

  • Ezmolda Barolli

    () (University of Tirana, Tirana, Albania)

  • Kozeta Sevrani

    () (University of Tirana, Tirana, Albania)


Business-IT alignment still remains one of the three main research streams in IS literature, and from 1994 it constantly ranks among the top three concerns of CIOs. While a lot of research has been published around business-IT alignment in the last three decades, a number of models have been proposed to structure the concept into various dimensions and levels. However, only a few studies have been made regarding the critical success factors. Moreover, we were unable to find any systematically consolidated evidence in this regard. This is a major gap because research is collaborative venture and each researcher build on what have been found and understood before. After searching some of the most comprehensive science databases such as ScienceDirect, JStore, ACM Digital Library, SpringerLink we could identify only six articles on the matter. Using the model proposed by Schlosser et al. (Schlosser, et al., 2012) to structure the alignment concept, our results show that most of the identified CFSs are related to individual skills and knowledge of IT and business executives.

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  • Ilir Kurti & Ezmolda Barolli & Kozeta Sevrani, 2013. "Critical Success Factors For Business – It Alignment:A Review Of Current Research," Romanian Economic Business Review, Romanian-American University, vol. 8(3), pages 79-97, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:rau:journl:v:8:y:2013:i:3:p:79-97

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    1. Bullen, Christine V. & Rockart, John F., 1981. "A primer on critical success factors," Working papers 1220-81. Report (Alfred P, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Sloan School of Management.
    2. Milis, Koen & Mercken, Roger, 2002. "Success factors regarding the implementation of ICT investment projects," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 80(1), pages 105-117, November.
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