Information Systems Strategy at Stratex

Published 01 Jan 1993
Reference 287
Topic Operations
Region Europe
Length 12 page(s)
Language English
Prizes & Awards

Winner of the Case Centre Awards and Competitions 1997 in the Category 'Production and Operations Management'

Runner-Up of the Case Centre Awards and Competitions 1995 in the Category 'Production and Operations Management'


Stratex is a European multi-national company facing some common, but challenging problems in the management of the information systems (IS) function. This case describes the tensions and challenges faced by John Gates, the new CIO of Stratex while trying to effectively use IS to further the business success of the organization. The needs for top management leadership and effective management of organizational changes related to IS projects are also illustrated.

Teaching objectives

The primary pedagogical objective of this case is to serve as an introduction to important issues faced by senior managers with regard to the management of the IS function in large organizations. Topics addressed in this case include: (a) approaches for linking an organization's IS strategy to business strategic planning; (b) structuring of the IS function for business success; and (c) impact of top management leadership on the effective management of the IS function.

  • AR1993