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Title: The role of IS capabilities in delivering sustainable improvements to competitive positioning
Authors: Doherty, Neil
Terry, Mark J.
Keywords: Resource-based view
Improved competitive positioning
IS capabilities
Pluralistic research approaches
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: © Elsevier
Citation: DOHERTY, N.F. and TERRY, M., 2009. The role of IS capabilities in delivering sustainable improvements to competitive positioning. Journal of Strategic Information Systems, 18 (2), pp. 100-116.
Abstract: It has long been argued that organizations have struggled to achieve business benefits, and in particular sustainable competitive advantage, from their IT investments. In this paper we draw upon resource-based theory to explore how the effective deployment of IS capabilities might deliver sustainable improvements to an organization’s competitive positioning. In so doing, this research makes a significant departure from the enterprise-level orientation of prior studies, by focusing upon the role of IS capabilities in leveraging sustainable improvements to competitive positioning from individual IS initiatives. Based upon the responses to a quantitative and qualitative survey of practicing managers, it has been shown that an organization’s ability to leverage and sustain improvements in its competitive positioning, from IS initiatives, are directly dependent upon its ability to effectively apply an appropriate portfolio of IS capabilities. Moreover, it has been shown that sustainable improvements in competitive positioning are most likely in circumstances in which the successful outcome of an IS initiative is dependent upon ‘outside-in’ and ‘spanning’ capabilities, which are both lacking in transparency and difficult to replicate
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1016/j.jsis.2009.05.002
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/8333
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jsis.2009.05.002
ISSN: 0963-8687
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