Strategic Alignment


Strategic alignment is a fundamental business concept that determines the competitiveness of an organisation. The concept explains how organisations can better achieve strategic alignment to increase growth and profitability - even in the toughest markets and economic climates.

Technique Overview

Strategic Alignment

Strategic Alignment Definition

Strategic alignment is the strength of the links “between an organisation’s overall goals and the goals of each of the units that contribute to the success of those overall goals” (Andolsen, 2007). The concept is closely related to strategic fit, which exists when the network of internal performance drivers is consistent and aligned with the firm’s desired customer and financial outcomes (Kaplan & Norton, 2006).

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  • Andolsen, A. A. (2007) Does Your RIM Program Nees a Strategic Alignment?, The Information Management Journal, ARMA International.
  • Andrews, K. (1971) The Concept of Corporate Strategy, Irwin, Homewood, IL.
  • Cobb, J. C., Samuels, C. J., and Sexton, M. W. (1998) Alignment and strategic change: A challenge for marketing and human resources, Leadership, Organisation Development Journal, Vol. 19 (1), pp. 32-43.
  • Ezingeard, J., McFadzean, E. and Birchall, D. (2007) Mastering the art of corroboration: A conceptual analysis of information assurance and corporate strategy alignment, Journal of Enterprise Information Management, Vol. 20, (1), pp. 96-118.

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