Journal of International Information Management


Achieving fast cycle time is increasingly becoming an overriding objective for organizations wanting to succeed in the global business environment. In such an increasingly competitive and global environment of declining margins, information technology is both driving and enabling business. The focus of these organizations is the adoption of a fast cycle time (FCT) strategy that achieves increased customer satisfaction and/or cost reduction. This paper examines the organizational processes in the context of interdependence, and indentifies areas where information technology can play a pivotal role in bringing about an effective and responsive transformation. It also, with the help of a framework, addresses the issue of cycle time reduction and information technology leverage and provides a methodology for implementing a fast cycle time strategy successfully in organizations.