Practical Implementation of IT Strategy
The Venkatraman model for strategic alignment offers a framework for understanding the organizational drivers for technological development and alignment. These drivers will change over time and alter the loci of the decisions that will affect the technological strategy.
However, strategy should not change over the short term. How then does the organization resolve conflicts in the direction of organizational drivers of technology strategy? I would posit that the perspectives offered in Venkatraman's framework should be viewed as being inclusive in the development of IT strategy and that the resolution of conflicts will be dependent on the technological maturity of the organisation.
This is because the technological maturity of the organisation will impact positively on the ability of the various stakeholder to understand and appreciate the perspective of others in relation to the perceived developmental and maintenance requirement of the IT infrastructure.
With this maturity comes a realism which tempers what is ideal with what is optimum. i.e. sunk costs will have the major influence.