Alignment in an inter-organisational network: the case of ARC transistance

Bernhard R. Katzy, Gordon Sung, Kevin Crowston

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We consider the processes of achieving alignment in coordinated inter-organizational networks through a case study of a system development project in ARC Transistance, a network of European automobile clubs that cooperate to provide pan-European service. The theoretical contribution of the paper is, first, an extended strategic alignment model for inter-organizational networks that distinguishes between integration of IS with business strategy and infrastructure, and what we label ‘accordance’ between the strategies and infrastructures of the network and the member firms. Second, we propose that for a network organization, network and member strategies might be complementary as well as tightly coupled. We similarly argue that IS architectures for networks should strive for being ‘business strategy-neutral’ to more easily accommodate the diversity of members. Finally, we discuss how the process of developing a network information system can be a driver towards network alignment, but how the lack of effective governance structures makes alignment harder to achieve.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)553-568
Number of pages16
JournalEuropean Journal of Information Systems
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • IS-business alignment
  • inter-organizational network
  • strategic accordance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Information Systems
  • Library and Information Sciences
  • Information Systems and Management


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