Realization of a decentralized IS-strategy

  • K. Axelsson
Part of the IFIP — The International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT)


Today almost all organizations are dependent on information technology. It is therefore of great importance to structure the information systems in a satisfying way. Different strategies for structuring information systems, in order to create an information systems architecture, have been used for several years. This paper discusses an IS-strategy that enables each business function in a decentralized organization to co-operate with other functions, without losing their autonomy. The IS-strategy could be described as an activity-based, functional approach. Three case studies in different organizations, with the strategy in common, have been conducted. Experiences of success and failure with the strategy realization in these organizations are presented and analysed in the paper. The conclusions show that the IS-strategy can give a substantial support to decentralized organizations. To achieve this result user participation during system development can not be disregarded. Otherwise, problems with the distribution of responsibility for the information systems almost inevitably occur. In decentralized organizations it is of greatest importance to take such problems into serious consideration.


Decentralization information systems information systems strategy information systems architecture case studies responsibility user participation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Axelsson
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  1. 1.Department of Computer and Information ScienceLinköping UniversityLinköpingSweden

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