IT Savvy Pays Off: How Top Performers Match IT Portfolios and
Organizational Practices

MIT Sloan Research Paper No. 4560-05

CISR Working Paper No. 353

15 Pages Posted: 9 Aug 2005  

Peter Weill

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Center for Information Systems Research (CISR)

Sinan Aral

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Sloan School of Management

Date Written: May 2005

Abstract

Information technology is major investment for most enterprises and constitutes a portfolio of investments. Just like any other investment portfolio, the IT portfolio must be balanced to achieve alignment with business strategy and the desired combination of short and long term pay off. This portfolio balancing is the role of senior management and should be integrated into firms' IT governance processes. Top financial performers have matched particular organizational practices and competencies with IT portfolio allocations to achieve specific business goals. In short, they have more IT savvy and it pays off.

Keywords: Retail, business model, IT and information management, IT enabled strategy, outsourcing

Suggested Citation

Weill, Peter and Aral, Sinan, IT Savvy Pays Off: How Top Performers Match IT Portfolios and Organizational Practices (May 2005). ; CISR Working Paper No. 353. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=779345 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.779345

Peter Weill (Contact Author)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Center for Information Systems Research (CISR) ( email )

Sloan School of Management
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Cambridge, MA 02142
United States
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617-253-4424 (Fax)

Sinan Aral

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Sloan School of Management ( email )

77 Massachusetts Ave.
E62-416
Cambridge, MA 02142
United States

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