On information technology competencies for collaborative organizational structures

Prasad, Acklesh & Green, Peter (2016) On information technology competencies for collaborative organizational structures. Communications of the Association for Information Systems, 38, pp. 379-399.

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Abstract

There is an uptake of organizations involvement in collaborative organizational structures (COS). As the nature and level of information technology (IT) investment in COS will be similar, the COS IT competencies will leverage the IT investments to create the collaborative rent generating potential of the COS, which would then improve the business value of the COS members. Consistent with the resource-centric views of the firm, we suggest that the COS members need to contribute their managed IT competencies to their COS, whose synergies would create COS IT competencies. We suggest three key IT competencies for COS; proactive top management decision synergy, collaborative and agile IT infrastructure, and cross-functional tactical management synergy. Using survey data, we find evidence of a positive association between these COS IT competencies and the collaborative rent generating potential of the COS. We also find a positive association between the collaborative rent generating potential of the COS and the business value of the COS members. The results suggest that developing COS IT competencies add value to a COS and its members. This study provides guidance for organizations looking to leverage their involvement in a COS.

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ID Code: 93194
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Collaborative organizational structures, collaborative IT, relational view of firm, dynamic capabilities, collaborative rent generating potential
ISSN: 1529-3181
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > ACCOUNTING AUDITING AND ACCOUNTABILITY (150100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Accountancy
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Association for Information Systems
Deposited On: 24 Feb 2016 02:20
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2016 03:07

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