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Exploring Relationship Between Information Systems Strategic Orientation and Small Business Performance

Exploring Relationship Between Information Systems Strategic Orientation and Small Business Performance
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Author(s): R. Rajendran (Sri Ramakrishna Institute of Technology, Coimbatore, India) and K. Vivekanandan (Bharathiar University, India)
Copyright: 2010
Pages: 16
Source title: Strategic Information Systems: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): M. Gordon Hunter (University of Lethbridge, Canada)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-677-8.ch130

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Abstract

Businesses invest in developing information systems resources to gain competitive advantages. Literature has demonstrated the requirement of strategic alignment in converting these competitive advantages into sustained superior business performance. The knowledge of information systems strategic orientation and its relationship with business performance will enable these businesses to fine tune their strategic information systems applications portfolio in achieving required strategic alignment. This study focuses on the information systems strategic orientation of small businesses and investigates its relationship with their perceived business performance. The organizational impact of adoption of the initial stages of electronic business development is also examined. The data were collected from small businesses on nine strategy areas, through mail survey. The result reveals three multifaceted dimensions of information systems strategic orientation. These dimensions of strategic orientation have significantly influenced their business performance. For the adopters of Web presence, all these three dimensions remain significant in explaining their business performance.

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