Richter, Janek ORCID: 0000-0003-3189-9357 (2014). Explaining the Influence of Information Systems on Organizational Agility. In: Building a better world through information systems : International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2014) : Doctoral Consortium, 12 December 2014, Auckland, New Zealand. Paper.

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Today’s companies increasingly face turbulent and dynamic market environments, which are characterized by rapid business changes mostly unforeseeable for the affected companies. A viable strategy for companies striving to survive in such dynamic business environments is to strengthen their organizational agility. The concept of organizational agility denotes a company’s ability to quickly cope with continuous unanticipated change in order to survive unprecedented threats as well as to embrace change and to take advantage of opportunities in the business environment. Information systems are alleged to strongly influence organizational agility of contemporary businesses. In this context, some researchers refer to the concept of information system agility. The question is therefore how organizations can ensure that information systems attain a form of agility to support organizational agility. The literature is inconclusive regarding this relationship; information systems are seen as both enabler and inhibitor of agility. Thus, research investigating this relationship needs to account for the context and provide a holistic picture. Considering previous research on information systems to establish a positive impact to organizational agility, service-oriented architecture (SOA) accompanied by its related organizational mechanisms has been identified as an effective means to shape agile information systems and ultimately organizational agility. However, the relationship between SOA and organizational agility is not entirely understood. Previous SOA research primarily deals with technical topics – often combined with specific forms of SOA implementation technologies like web services. Empirical research on the relationship between SOA and organizational agility is still scarce and lacks an in-depth understanding on how organizational agility is enabled. The research objective of this thesis is thus to contribute to the understanding how information systems, particularly employing SOA, influence organizational agility. Research focusing on explaining this how question corroborates experts’ proposition of SOA being a driver of agility and complements studies indicating so. Aiming to arrive at robust theory for prediction, strong explanations of investigated phenomena are prerequisite. Applying a case-based research approach, this thesis investigates the relationship between SOA and organizational agility in an in-depth, intensive manner.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
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URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-98958
Date: 12 December 2014
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: Data processing Computer science
Social sciences
Management and auxiliary services
Event Type: Workshop
Refereed: Yes


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