Information system (IS) alignment has been one of the most important topics recognized by management since the last decade. However, it is a complex concept. Although some classification frameworks and guidelines have been suggested, they are only useful to understand the nature of alignment constructs and the types of relationships between them. None of them classifies the ways of discussing alignment results which are the final outcomes of an alignment assessment that describe the extent and appropriateness of various constructs to one another. This paper suggests a framework to help understand how alignment results can be discussed, which includes four perspectives. It is expected that the framework can help not only readers understand IS alignment research, but also IS researchers initiate appropriate alignment research projects. Several future research projects based on this framework are also revealed.
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