Werder, Karl ORCID: 0000-0001-8481-1596, Richter, Janek ORCID: 0000-0003-3189-9357, Hennel, Phil ORCID: 0000-0002-9845-5112, Dreesen, Tim ORCID: 0000-0002-4581-9664, Fischer, Mareike and Weingarth, Janina (2021). A Three-pronged View on Organizational Agility. IT professional : technology solutions for the enterprise, 23 (2). New York, NY: Inst. of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. ISSN 1520-9202

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The ability of organizations to sense and respond to changes–defined as organizational agility–is considered by senior executives among their top information technology (IT) concerns as an important ability for organizations on their quest toward sustained competitive advantage. However, every transformation toward agility also comes at a cost, requiring resource commitment and IT landscape changes. We present examples of successful and unsuccessful attempts at achieving agility while leveraging IT. Our presented cases focus on information systems development agility, customer agility, and entrepreneurial agility. Our findings suggest that agility is neither achieved easily, nor is a guarantor for success. Depending on the context and implementation of organizational agility, however, it can significantly improve process and product performance. We develop a three-pronged view consisting of a functional, temporal, and ambidextrous view to resolve these challenges. We end with three recommendations for practitioners that seek to shape their organization’s journey toward agility.

Item Type: Journal Article
CreatorsEmailORCIDORCID Put Code
Werder, KarlUNSPECIFIEDorcid.org/0000-0001-8481-1596UNSPECIFIED
Richter, Janekjanek.richter@wiso.uni-koeln.deorcid.org/0000-0003-3189-9357UNSPECIFIED
Hennel, Philhennel@wiso.uni-koeln.deorcid.org/0000-0002-9845-5112UNSPECIFIED
Dreesen, Timdreesen@wiso.uni-koeln.deorcid.org/0000-0002-4581-9664UNSPECIFIED
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-117091
DOI: 10.1109/MITP.2020.3016488
Journal or Publication Title: IT professional : technology solutions for the enterprise
Volume: 23
Number: 2
Date: 2021
Publisher: Inst. of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Place of Publication: New York, NY
ISSN: 1520-9202
Language: English
Faculty: Faculty of Management, Economy and Social Sciences
Divisions: Weitere Institute, Arbeits- und Forschungsgruppen > Cologne Institute for Information Systems (CIIS)
Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences > Business Administration > Information Systems > Chair for Information Systems and Systems Development
Subjects: Library and information sciences
Technology (Applied sciences)
Management and auxiliary services
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://kups.ub.uni-koeln.de/id/eprint/11709


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