Organizational Readiness/Preparedness

Organizational Readiness/Preparedness

B. Lalic (University of Novi Sad, Serbia) and U. Marjanovic (University of Novi Sad, Serbia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61692-880-3.ch007
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Abstract

The Internet and Information Technology (IT) are being used in many ways to bring benefits and to increase competitiveness to businesses and public sector organizations. Implementing innovations in an organization is a dynamic and continuous process. This chapter discusses factors and elements fundamental for overcoming business challenges that most of the organizations are facing during successful implementation of an IT initiative within an organization. However, in order for systems to be prepared for change in terms of organizational readiness, organization needs to assess and plan their organizational readiness. It will be also presented how to assess an organization’s readiness for success and how to put together an organizational readiness plan.
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Value Of Organizational Readiness

If a simple question is raised”What makes Internet-enabled organizations successful?” the answer will be even simpler - execution. If an organization is ready to execute it implies that organization has ability to successfully plan, implement, and manage Internet-enabled strategies and initiatives, or in other words it means that organization has built its organizational readiness. In addition, another important characteristic in the approach of improvement of organizational readiness presents the fact that organizational readiness is not a one-time strategy-it is a continuous process. It is seldom either discrete or one-time event; it is overlapping activity that occurs throughout the life cycle of the organization.

Successful leaders understand the need to develop the organization, its culture, and its infrastructure. As the organization develops and executes its strategies it needs to ensure that IT strategies and initiatives are strongly linked to organizational goals and objectives and to make ongoing improvements to organizational readiness to enhance its ability to execute on IT initiatives.

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