Strategic Alignment and IT Project Portfolio Management

By Ulysse Rosselet and Maia Wentland.

Published by The Organization Collection

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If structured around an appropriate combination of business processes, knowledge and technology, Information Systems can become a very powerful business strategic lever. With this holistic perspective in mind, we redesigned the dysfunctioning IT project portfolio management process of one of the FTSE 100 global companies. The new process aims at better identifying, evaluating and balancing projects in the light of business strategy. A complementary knowledge management system was designed to achieve adequate integration of business processes and human capital. Linked together, they enable appropriate alignment between corporate business strategy, IT strategy and operations. We developed and implemented a support system showing the distribution of the projects according to retained performance indicators. The results obtained are well in line with the decision makers’ needs and well tuned to their business strategy. To fully leverage the benefits of this approach, this framework should be extended to the complete organizational process.

Keywords: Strategic Alignment, Business IT Alignment, IT Project Portfolio, Knowledge Management, Project Balancing, Balanced Scorecard

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 10, Issue 7, pp.1-12. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 786.315KB).

Ulysse Rosselet

Research Assistant, Information Systems Institute,, Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland

Ulysse Rosselet is a researcher of the Information Systems Institute at the University of Lausanne. Owner of a MA in Information Systems (magna cum laude), he is doing a PhD and focuses his research on the contribution of Knowledge Management systems to project portfolio management and corporate performance, strategic dashboards, risk management and self-organized criticality.

Prof Maia Wentland

Full Professor, Information Systems Institute, Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland

Maia Wentland studied social psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel). She holds a degree from the Economy and Finance section of the Institute of Political Studies in Paris (FR), as well as from the Computer Science Department of the University Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI, FR). She got her Ph.D. in Informatics and Management from the University of Lausanne (School of Management and Economics, Lausanne, CH). She formerly held the position of business counsellor at the Banque Nationale de Paris Headquarter in Paris (FR) where she acted as consultant in risk management mainly in energy related areas. After having started and sold Evalog, her own company specialized in developing bank and finance expert systems applications, she became Technical Director of COROM (Paris, FR), a Human Resources Consulting company. Concurrently, she has been Editor of the Artificial Intelligence Journal. Since 1989, she has been working at the University of Lausanne first as an assistant, then became assistant professor and is full professor since 1996. Her research is mainly focused on intelligent decision systems, knowledge management and open and distance learning. Maia Wentland was elected twice (1999 and 2003) vice-president of the University of Lausanne with the portfolio of Finance,Information Technology and Statistics. In the year 2000, she became active as member of the Swiss National Scientific Foundation for a period a 4 years (until 2004). She is vice-president of the Swiss Virtual Campus, president of Foundations’ Council of the Opéra de Lausanne and Cluster Versus Cancer , member of the boards of BOBST, ORIPH (Organisation romande pour l’intégration professionnelle des personnes handicapées) and CARITAS Vaud. She is a member of numerous scientific,program and lecture committees and of IEEE and ACM.

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