Purpose – The literature points to the importance of alignment and its relationship to organizational performance. The concept, however, is multifaceted and it has been applied with different terms and in different contexts. The main objective of this article is to analyse how the strategic alignment concept has been considered in the field of strategy research and provide a classification.
Design/methodology/approach – The basis of this research was a systematic literature review (SLR) carried out in three stages: (1) planning the review, (2) conducting the review and (3) planning and dissemination. A search was conducted in the ISI Web of Knowledge (Web of Science), applying specific words, resulting in a sample of 256 documents.
Findings – We provide a classification of studies that can be a guide for future studies in the field, making it easier to find the right authors and the appropriate content according to the area of interest.
Research limitations/implications- The number of articles analysed can be expanded and other databases can be included.
Originality/value – The research contributes to a more broadly vision of how the alignment concept has been applied in the context of business strategy.
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