Information Systems Guest Speaker Series with Prof. Dr. Daniel Beimborn on Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Information Systems Guest Speaker Series with Prof. Dr. Daniel Beimborn on Monday, June 22nd, 2015

In the context of our recently established “Information Systems Guest Speaker Series”, Prof. Daniel Beimborn from the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management will give a talk entitled “Operational Alignment between Business and IT - Applying a Social Capital Lens to Identify Value and Organizational Success Factors” at the University of Bayreuth. The guest speech will take place on Monday, May 22nd, 12:00 – 13:00 in room S 61 (RW). No prior registration is required.

It is widely acknowledged that IT and business resources need to be well aligned to achieve organizational goals. Yet, year after year, chief information officers (CIOs) still name business-IT alignment a key challenge for IT executives. While alignment research has matured, we still lack a sound theoretical foundation for alignment. Transcending the predominantly strategic executive level focus, we develop a model of ‘operational alignment’ and IT business value that combines a social perspective of IT and business linkage with a view of interaction between business and IT at non-strategic levels, such as in daily business operations involving regular staff. Drawing on social capital theory to explain how alignment affects organizational performance, we examine why common suggestions like “communicate more” are insufficient to strengthen alignment and disclose how social capital between IT and business units drives alignment and ultimately IT business value.  Empirical data from two studies with banks in Germany and in the U.S. confirm the profound impact of operational business-IT alignment, on IT flexibility, IT utilization, and organizational performance. The results show that social capital theory is a useful theoretical foundation for understanding how business IT alignment works. The findings further highlight which IT governance mechanisms are effective in reaching social capital and operational alignment among the business and IT side of the firm.

Daniel Beimborn is Professor for Information Systems at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management. Previously, he was PostDoc at the Faculty for Information Systems at the University of Bamberg and he received his PhD in Information Systems from Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main. He worked with Microsoft in Redmond and was Visiting Scholar at Louisiana State University and Georgia State University. He is author or co-author of more than 75 reviewed articles (in MIS Quarterly, JSIS, WI/BISE, JMIS, JIT, EM etc.) and conference papers as well as seven books. His current research activities cover management of outsourcing and nearshoring relationships, business/IT alignment and IT governance, business process standardization, BPO and shared services in financial industries, and the role of IT for firms’ innovation processes. He teaches courses on outsourcing management, strategic IS management, enterprise architecture management, enterprise systems, and digital transformation. He is responsible for Frankfurt School's Master concentration on Digital Business. His academic services embrace his role as member of the editorial review board of the Journal of the Association of Information Systems, as track chair or associate editor at various conferences and serving regularly as ad-hoc reviewer for most of the AIS senior scholar basket journals.

Contact: Prof. Dr. Nils Urbach

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