Title: The impact of aligning supply chain and information system strategies on performance

Authors: Yenming J. Chen, Kuo-Wei Su, Meng-Hsiang Hsu, Wen-Jin Hwang, Jau-Wen Wang

Addresses: Institute of Management, National Kaohsiung First University of Science and Technology, 2 Jhuoyue Rd., Nanzih District, Kaohsiung City 811, Taiwan. ' Institute of Management, National Kaohsiung First University of Science and Technology, 2 Jhuoyue Rd., Nanzih District, Kaohsiung City 811, Taiwan. ' Institute of Management, National Kaohsiung First University of Science and Technology, 2 Jhuoyue Rd., Nanzih District, Kaohsiung City 811, Taiwan. ' Department of Business Administration, Kun Shan University, #949, Da Wan Rd., Yang Kang, Tainan 71003, Taiwan. ' Department of Information Management, Fortune Institute of Technology, 1-10, Nwongchang Rd., Daliao Township, Kaohsiung County 831, Taiwan

Abstract: Supply chain (SC) strategies and information system (IS) strategies in implementing supply chain management (SCM) processes have been individually regarded as vital to SCM performance. However, in empirical research, it remains unclear what kinds of IS strategies should be implemented under what particular SC strategies. The purpose of this study is to provide a theoretical understanding of the alignment between SC strategies (caretaker, marketeer and innovator) and IS strategies (efficiency, flexibility and comprehensiveness) and then to investigate its impact on SCM performance. A profile deviation approach is utilised to compute the alignment between these two strategies. A survey was conducted on 151 manufacturers. Our results indicate that the correct alignment between SC strategy and IS strategy contributes a positive effect to the overall SCM performance.

Keywords: strategy alignment; information systems; IS strategy; supply chain strategy; supply chain management; SCM; supply chain performance; profile deviation; manufacturing industry.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBPM.2011.042009

International Journal of Business Performance Management, 2011 Vol.12 No.4, pp.309 - 333

Accepted: 22 Feb 2011
Published online: 20 Aug 2011 *

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