Increasing the Agility of IT Delivery: Five Types of Bimodal IT Organization

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  • Bettina Horlach
  • Paul Drews
  • Ingrid Schirmer
  • Tilo Böhmann
In the age of digital business transformation, enterprises seek to increase their agility and speed of IT delivery. To accomplish this, they change their existing control-driven IT organizational structures and processes and establish separate modes for business-oriented and traditional IT delivery (“bimodal IT”). Though the concept of bimodal IT has been discussed in practice, empirical research regarding the approaches employed to implement bimodal IT is scarce. This paper presents findings from a qualitative-empirical study on the bimodal IT implementation approaches of nine companies. It identifies five different types of bimodal IT in these enterprises and shows that specific mechanisms are applied to enhance the (business) IT alignment in the respective organizational settings of each type. On the basis of similarities and differences among the types, we develop propositions for future research on bimodal IT and derive implications for practice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 50th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2017
EditorsTung X. Bui, Ralph Sprague
Number of pages10
PublisherUniversity of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Publication date2017
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-9981331-0-2
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event50th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences - HICSS 2017 - Waikoloa Beach, Hawaii, United States
Duration: 04.01.201707.01.2017
Conference number: 50

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