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Information systems strategy in SMEs: critical factors of strategic planning in logistics

Fotis Kitsios (Department of Applied Informatics, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece)
Maria Kamariotou (Department of Applied Informatics, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece)
Michael A. Madas (Department of Applied Informatics, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece)
Konstantinos Fouskas (Department of Applied Informatics, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece)
Vicky Manthou (Department of Applied Informatics, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece)

Kybernetes

ISSN: 0368-492X

Article publication date: 13 June 2019

Issue publication date: 8 April 2020

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to identify the factors that managers have to take into consideration when they implement the strategic information systems planning (SISP) process to develop information systems (IS) in the logistics sector.

Design/methodology/approach

Data were collected using questionnaires to IS executives in Greek small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) of the logistics sector. Factor analysis is performed on the detailed items of the SISP process constructs.

Findings

The results of this paper indicate that IS executives do not focus on defining goals, which will be used to improve the operations of the supply chain for the IS development. Both IS executives and managers from the logistics department of each organization should participate in the process of information technology (IT) strategy formulation and implementation. Executives from the logistics department of each organization should be aware of implementing environmental and organizational analysis with greater meticulousness, to identify IT opportunities and apply IT strategy with greater agility rather than now.

Practical implications

A strategic planning process for IS development in the logistics sector is required to achieve the consistently IS planning objectives. This is an important challenge for executives in SMEs who do not concentrate on implementing a strategic planning process for IS development.

Originality/value

This paper examines the factors that influence the strategic development of IS in the logistics sector and improve the effectiveness of decision-making regarding the supply chain’s operation.

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Citation

Kitsios, F., Kamariotou, M., Madas, M.A., Fouskas, K. and Manthou, V. (2020), "Information systems strategy in SMEs: critical factors of strategic planning in logistics", Kybernetes, Vol. 49 No. 4, pp. 1197-1212. https://doi.org/10.1108/K-10-2018-0546

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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