Aim of the study
Strategic Information Systems Planning is a concern of maximum relevancein practice. It is among the highest ranked issues on management agendas for manyyears. Bigger enterprises which largely build their business on informationtechnology usually have dedicated management positions for SISP with job titlessuch as µµHead of IT strategy¶¶ or µµDirector Strategic IT Management¶¶. The practical challenges of SISP also find their way into practitioner conferences andmagazines, where they take even more room than in academic journals. But thetopics discussed in the strategy tracks of those magazines do hardly correspondwith those discussed in academic journals. These magazines label as µµstrategic¶¶new and very popular topics such as µµsecurity management¶¶ or recenttechnologies such as µµRFID¶¶, µµService-Oriented Architecture¶¶, and µµIPtelephony¶¶. One possible reason for regarding these topics as strategic is that theyreceive attention from IT management due to their popularity. Other topics such asµµIT infrastructure flexibility¶¶, µµcost savings through IT¶¶ and µµvalue from IT¶¶are presumably labeled strategic because they are perceived as having enterprise-wide relevance and business impact.
Research and Design
Previous empirical research on SISP can be classified into standardizedsurveys, case studies, action research, experiments and interviews. Althoughquestionnaire-based research has dominated so far, it is often criticized as beinginappropriate in the current stage of SISP research where neither the problem nor the concepts of ISS and SISP have been elaborated satisfactorily. For this reason anumber of authors argue that an analysis of SISP should not be based on the use of standardized, quantitative- based research alone. Recommends that µµgiven the lack of theory, it may be appropriate for more theory-generating research to beconducted, Employing qualitative techniques such as action research¶¶.These recommendations are all the more valid with respect to the specificobjectives of our research which is concerned with substantiating and possiblyexplaining the hypothesized gap between SISP research and practice. SISP practiceis a multi-faceted, subjective and often implicit phenomenon that requiresimmersion in a real world situation in order to capture it adequately. More particularly with respect to our research objectives, communication barriers toknowledge transfer (H0) can hardly be identified through standardized