IT-Enabled Strategy: Implications for Firm Performance?

IT-Enabled Strategy: Implications for Firm Performance?

Paul L. Drnevich (Purdue University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-908-3.ch005
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Abstract

The rapid evolution of IT has enabled new organizational capabilities to manage knowledge and information. Given this evolution, IT systems for enabling the acquisition, processing and dissemination of knowledge may present unique opportunities, if effectively leveraged, for firm competitive capabilities. This chapter examines some of these uses of IT; offers a framework to view firm activities as knowledge Inflow, Intraflow and Outflow processes; and explores possible performance implications of some potential IT-enabled capabilities. Such IT enablement challenges some existing views of strategic management theory and suggests that theory may need to be reexamined and extended to handle some implications arising from advances in IT systems. We explore potential implications of IT-enabled capability and argue that through adopting, integrating and effectively leveraging these capabilities, firms may have the opportunity to enhance their competitive advantages and performance.

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Acknowledgments
Bruce Walters, Zaiyong Tang
Chapter 1
Zaiyong Tang, Bruce Walters
The authors trace historical developments in the fields of information technology (IT) and strategic management. IT’s evolution from the mainframe... Sample PDF
The Interplay of Strategic Management and Information Technology
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Chapter 2
Paul L. Drnevich, Jungpil Hahn, Mark Shanley
This chapter explores theoretical conceptualizations of IT beyond current common resource-based perspectives, in the hopes that MIS research may... Sample PDF
Toward a Strategic Perspective of Information Technology
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Chapter 3
Brian H. Cameron
Information Technology Portfolio Management (ITPM) is a topic of intense interest in the strategic management of IT. In ITPM, IT synchronization... Sample PDF
IT Portfolio Management: Implementing and Maintaining IT Strategic Alignment
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Chapter 4
Miguel Perez-Valls, José Manuel Ortega-Egea, José Antonio Plaza-Úbeda
This chapter offers a theoretical investigation of the relationships between new IT and the implementation of emerging organizational designs. It... Sample PDF
Relationship Between New Information Technologies and Flexible Organizational Forms
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Chapter 5
Paul L. Drnevich
The rapid evolution of IT has enabled new organizational capabilities to manage knowledge and information. Given this evolution, IT systems for... Sample PDF
IT-Enabled Strategy: Implications for Firm Performance?
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Chapter 6
Dev K. Dutta
This chapter examines to what extent the implementation of Software Engineering Institute’s Capability Maturity Model (CMM) of software process... Sample PDF
Becoming a Learning Organization in the Software Industry: Is CMM the Silver Bullet?
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Chapter 7
Les Singletary, Minh Q. Huynh
Integration has been the dominant technical strategy of Information Technology (IT). Computers were introduced for business use and have evolved... Sample PDF
ERP as an Integration Strategy: Issues, Challenges, Benefits, and Risks
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Chapter 8
Sreedhar Madhavaram, Radha Appan
Because of (1) the boundary-spanning nature of the marketing function, and (2) marketing’s evolution toward a dynamic, evolutionary process, and... Sample PDF
Marketing Strategy: The Role of Information Technology-Enabled Capabilities….
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Chapter 9
Tong-Seng Quah, Chye-Huang Leow
In a highly competitive business environment, every organization is trying to achieve more using fewer resources. This is particularly true in this... Sample PDF
Linking Businesses for Competitive Advantage; A Mobile Agent-Based Approach
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Chapter 10
Yuan-Yuan Jiao, Jun Du, Jianxin (Roger) Jiao
System-to-system integration is an essential aspect of Business-to-Business (B2B) organizations. This chapter proposes a common infrastructure model... Sample PDF
Applying Directory Services to Enhance Identification, Authentication, and Authorization for B2B Applications
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Chapter 11
Sören W. Scholz, Ralf Wagner
Environmental scanning (ES) improves managerial decisions by linking the business environment with the organization’s internal capabilities. This... Sample PDF
Autonomous Environmental Scanning on the World Wide Web
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Chapter 12
Luke Ho, Anthony S. Atkins
This chapter provides both practitioner and academic insights into outsourcing. It begins with a review of the literature and practice of... Sample PDF
IT Outsourcing: Impacts and Challenges
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Chapter 13
Jari Salo
Companies engage in many business relationships; however, the number is decreasing constantly, so existing relationships are increasingly valuable.... Sample PDF
IT-Enabled Integration of Business Relationships in the Steel Industry Context
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Chapter 14
Elias G. Carayannis, Christopher Ziemnowicz
Globalization can be viewed as a process of increased freedom and capacity of individuals and firms to conduct economic activities with residents of... Sample PDF
Information and Communication Technology-Enabled Economic Growth and Convergence: Examples from EU's Central and Southeastern European Members
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