Is IT Value Intrinsically Linked to Organizaitonal Strategy?

Revenues of Inditex Group, Spanish parent of the global Zara fashion store chain, grew from 756 million euros in 19941 to 13.8 billion euros in 2011, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19%. The number of stores has risen from 424 to 5044 over the same period (CAGR 16%). Comparatively the apparel industry in […]

Empowered: More FLAWs than an Uncelebrated HERO

If nothing else, Empowered, Unleash Your Employees, Energize Your Customers, Transform Your Business has given the world several new FLAWs (four letter acronym words). At last reckoning there were three: HERO, IDEA, and POST, but one of these was introduced in an earlier book, Groundswell. Empowered has given the world a lot more than that. […]

Project Management Systems: Moving Project Management From an Operational to a Strategic Discipline

Abstract: This article illustrates one aspect of the concept of “fit” between an organization’s implementation of project management and its organizational context by exploring how the underlying drivers of an organization’s strategy might influence not only the nature of the projects that it undertakes, but also the appropriateness of the arrangements that it makes to […]

McKinsey Survey: IT Potential Unmet

In a December 2008 survey of C-level executives titled IT’s unmet potential: McKinsey Global Survey Results (free registration required), McKinsey Global Institute documents the discrepancy between the desired and actual business results of IT. It also demonstrates some differences between the expectations among IT and non-IT executives. Of particular interest: Nearly two-thirds of executives believe their organizations […]