Information systems (IS) alignment has been rated one of the most important topics by senior management since the last decade. This paper defines IS alignment as the extent and appropriateness of one IS/IT construct (e.g. IS/IT plan, and IS/IT strategies) in relation to the other construct(s). However, alignment is a complex concept. Although several classification frameworks have been suggested, they are only useful to understand the nature of alignment constructs. None classifies the ways of discussing the final outcomes of an IS alignment assessment. This paper suggests a classification framework to demonstrate how alignment results can be discussed and what approaches are available. It is expected that this framework not only helps IS researchers initiate appropriate alignment research projects, but also deepens readers’ (especially senior management) understanding of IS alignment research. Contributions, implications, future research projects are also discussed.
Classification of Research Results on Information Systems Alignment, pp.1-32