- List of Contributors
- Historical Reflections on the Practice of Information Management and Implications for the Field of MIS
- Tracing the History of the Information Systems Field
- The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth: High‐Quality Research in Information Systems
- Systems Thinking and Soft Systems Methodology
- Structuration Theory
- Institutional Theory of Information Technology
- ‘Everything is Dangerous’: Rethinking Michel Foucault and the Social Study of ICT
- Critical Social Information Systems Research
- Hermeneutics and Meaning‐Making in Information Systems
- Phenomenology, Screens, and <i>Screenness</i>: Returning to the World Itself
- Post‐structuralism, Social Shaping of Technology, and Actor‐Network Theory: What Can They Bring to IS Research?
- Further Developments in Information Systems Strategizing: Unpacking the Concept
- Rethinking Business–IT Alignment
- IT‐Dependent Strategic Initiatives and Sustained Competitive Advantage: A Review, Synthesis, and an Extension of the Literature
- Changing the Story Surrounding Enterprise Systems to Improve our Understanding of What Makes ERP Work in Organizations
- A Multi‐theoretic Approach to IT Governance: The Need for Commitment as well as Alignment
- Rethinking Information Systems Security
- Mobile IT
- A Review of the IT Outsourcing Literature: Insights for Practice
- Managing Knowledge Work
- Rethinking Gender and MIS for the Twenty‐First Century
- Green Digits: Towards an Ecology of IT Thinking
- Ethics and ICT
- IT, Globalization, and Human Development: A Personal View
- Discourses on Innovation and Development in Information Systems in Developing Countries Research
- From Instrumentality to Emergence in Information Systems
Abstract and Keywords
This article outlines some of the trends that have led to the view that changing economic conditions have strengthened the widely held concept that IT is a commodity, and as such, has no place in the creation or sustaining of competitive advantage. However, while it is accepted here in this article that IT assets may be undifferentiated, the article rejects the suggestion that IT-dependent strategic initiatives have no strategic value. In fact, it argues that these initiatives, when formed in projects with complementary organizational resources, can lead to powerful business benefits, and can further form strong barriers to advantage erosion. The key to success is to maintain a sustainability mindset throughout the IT strategic planning process.
Mike Wade is Associate Professor of Management Information Systems at the Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto, where he also holds the position of Academic Director of the Kellogg‐Schulich Executive M.B.A. Programme. He received a Ph.D. from the Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario. Professor Wade has worked extensively with public and private sector organizations to further an understanding of the strategic use of information systems for sustainable competitive advantage. He has lived and worked in seven countries across four continents and consulted for top international organizations including Cisco Systems, Microsoft, and IBM. His research has appeared in journals such as MIS Quarterly, Strategic Management Journal, and the Communications of the ACM. He is Senior Editor at the Journal of the AIS and Associate Editor at ISR. Professor Wade has co‐authored four books in the areas of Information Systems, eCommerce, and Management Theory.
Gabriele Piccoli is Professor of Information Systems in the Management of Technology and Strategy department at the Grenoble École de Management. Prior to moving to Grenoble, Prof. Piccoli was Associate Professor of Information Systems at Cornell University (USA) and subsequently Associate Professor of Applied Economics at the University of Sassari. Prof. Piccoli began his career as an Assistant Professor at Cornell in 2000, receiving indefinite tenure at the School of Hotel Administration and Hospitality Management upon his promotion to Associate Professor in 2006. Prof. Piccoli is the author of the book Information Systems for Managers: Text and Cases, published by John Wiley & Sons. His recent research interests span strategic information systems and the use of information systems to enable customer service. This work has appeared in leading Information Systems and applied journals, including MIS Quarterly, Decision Sciences Journal, Communications of the ACM, Harvard Business Review, and MIS Quarterly Executive.
Blake Ives holds the C. T. Bauer Chair in Business Leadership at the Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston. He is the past Director of Research for the Society for Information Management's Advanced Practice Council and a former Director of the Information Systems Research Center at the University of Houston. Blake is a past president of the Association for Information Systems, a fellow of the Association for Information Systems, and a past editor‐in‐chief of the MIS Quarterly. He currently serves on a number of editorial boards including as Senior Editor of MISQ Executive and a member of the board of the Communications of the Association for Computing Machinery (CACM). He has held distinguished fellowships at the Harvard Business School, Oxford University, and IBM. According to Google Scholar, his scholarly research has been cited close to 5,000 times. His work includes publications in, among others, Management Science, MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research, Communications of the ACM, MISQ Executive, Decision Sciences, Organization Science, and the Sloan Management Review.
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