Achieving IT-Enabled Enterprise Agility in China: An IT Organizational Identity Perspective

Published on Feb 1, 2014in IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management1.87
· DOI :10.1109/TEM.2013.2259494
Zheng Wang2
Estimated H-index: 2
(NUS: National University of Singapore),
Shan Ling Pan35
Estimated H-index: 35
(NUS: National University of Singapore)
+ 1 AuthorsTzu-Chuan Chou11
Estimated H-index: 11
(NTUST: National Taiwan University of Science and Technology)
An ongoing challenge that enterprises currently face is that of fostering agile mindsets and behaviors among employees as necessary to achieve enterprise agility by leveraging IT. Although existing studies focus on the shortening business processes and adopting agile methods of system implementation, little attention is directed toward the “people” factor as a critical factor in enterprise agility. As a means to inspire agile mindsets and behaviors in employees, our study proposes an important concept, organizational identity of IT department which encourages organization members to achieve IT-enabled enterprise agility. We term such an identity as IT organizational identity. As rapid environmental changes continue, a firm's IT department should develop different types of IT organizational identities to maintain agile behaviors and mindsets among its employees. Therefore, our study reveals how IT departments can develop appropriate and positive organizational identity at various stages of organizational development.
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Published on Nov 1, 2015
Ranell Myles1
Estimated H-index: 1
Published on Nov 1, 2011in Information and Organization2.27
Shan Ling Pan35
Estimated H-index: 35
(NUS: National University of Singapore),
Barney Tan8
Estimated H-index: 8
(USYD: University of Sydney)
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Published on Jan 1, 2011in Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice6.19
Erkko Autio37
Estimated H-index: 37
(Imperial College London),
Gerard H. Gaynor45
Estimated H-index: 45
(Imperial College London),
Oliver Alexy15
Estimated H-index: 15
(Imperial College London)
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Published on Oct 1, 2010in Academy of Management Review10.63
Danielle Cooper8
Estimated H-index: 8
(UNT: University of North Texas),
Sherry M. B. Thatcher21
Estimated H-index: 21
(University of Louisville)
We develop an integrative framework that sheds light on managing multiple targets of employee identifications—specifically, coworker, workgroup, and organizational identifications. Drawing from cross-cultural and gender studies, we distinguish between individual tendencies (self-concept orientations) and self-definitions with specific relationships or groups (identifications). We explicate the role of individualist, relationist, and collectivist self-concept orientations, as well as identificati...
Published on Jul 1, 2010in Academy of Management Review10.63
Aparna Joshi29
Estimated H-index: 29
(UIUC: University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign),
John C. Dencker11
Estimated H-index: 11
(UIUC: University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign)
+ 1 AuthorsJoseph J. Martocchio29
Estimated H-index: 29
(UIUC: University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign)
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Published on Apr 1, 2010in Academy of Management Review10.63
Jane E. Dutton56
Estimated H-index: 56
(UM: University of Michigan),
Laura Morgan Roberts17
Estimated H-index: 17
(GSU: Georgia State University),
Jeffrey Bednar2
Estimated H-index: 2
(UM: University of Michigan)
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Published on Jan 1, 2010 in ICIS (International Conference on Information Systems)
Barney Tan8
Estimated H-index: 8
Shan Ling Pan35
Estimated H-index: 35
(NUS: National University of Singapore)
+ 1 AuthorsJu-Yu Huang1
Estimated H-index: 1
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Christopher B. Bingham14
Estimated H-index: 14
(UNC: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
This study explores how entrepreneurial firms become successful in foreign market entries over time. The setting is the foreign market entries of entrepreneurial firms with headquarters in Singapore, the U.S., and Finland. There are several findings. Firms with more successful foreign market entries decrease improvisation in opportunity selection but increase improvisation in opportunity execution. In contrast, firms with less successful foreign market entries do the opposite. Intriguingly, data...
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Kieran Conboy20
Estimated H-index: 20
(National University of Ireland, Galway)
Awareness and use of agile methods has grown rapidly among the information systems development (ISD) community in recent years. Like most previous methods, the development and promotion of these methods have been almost entirely driven by practitioners and consultants, with little participation from the research community during the early stages of evolution. While these methods are now the focus of more and more research efforts, most studies are still based on XP, Scrum, and other industry-dri...
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Richard T. Vidgen28
Estimated H-index: 28
(UNSW: University of New South Wales),
Xiaofeng Wang21
Estimated H-index: 21
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Estimated H-index: 3
(USTC: University of Science and Technology of China),
Hefu Liu12
Estimated H-index: 12
(USTC: University of Science and Technology of China)
+ 1 AuthorsLiang Liang (Hefei University of Technology)
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Estimated H-index: 18
(UB: University of Baltimore),
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Estimated H-index: 5
(USU: Utah State University)
+ 1 AuthorsRajeev Sharma7
Estimated H-index: 7
(University of Waikato)
Abstract Organizations are increasingly turning to information technology (IT) to help them respond to unanticipated environmental threats and opportunities. In this paper, we introduce a systematic review of the literature on IT-enabled agility, helping to establish the boundary between what we know and what we don’t know. We base our review on a wide body of literature drawn from the AIS Basket of Eight IT journals, a cross-section of non-Basket journals, IT practitioner outlets, and premier i...
Published on Oct 3, 2018in Technology Analysis & Strategic Management1.74
Mingwei Li (Beihang University), Suling Jia (Beihang University)
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Estimated H-index: 8
(MSU: Montclair State University),
Ashley E. Nixon6
Estimated H-index: 6
(SPbU: Saint Petersburg State University),
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Estimated H-index: 23
(USF: University of South Florida)
Burns and Stalker's theory of organic/mechanistic structures (1961, The Management of Innovation. London: Tavistock) has been widely used. However, review of the empirical literature revealed inconsistencies in how the concepts have been operationalized. These inconsistencies may interfere with the ability to consolidate knowledge. This paper reviews the various ways in which researchers have operationalized the concepts, and summarizes the empirical findings derived from these operationalizatio...
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Estimated H-index: 5
(Sardar Patel Institute of Technology)
Agility is the change in requirement based on the environmental factor. In an enterprise solution, different applications are working as per the organization's business areas. Based on the domain, many enterprises developed insubstantial enterprise software solution. Different business process in enterprise solution can face problems with changing business conditions. This paper shows different types of agility in supply chain management system. In SCM, different business process as per the arch...
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