Research Overview

Focus: My research is concentrated on IS Strategy--how information systems capabilities affect business strategy and vice versa, an increasingly important field as argued in my Letter to the Editor in Harvard Business Review regarding N. G. Carr's 2003 article "IT Doesn't Matter."

Project Areas: I have broken IS Strategy research into three sequenced categories:

  • IT Innovation -> IS Capabilities: IS Architecture Design & Management
    First, I study the impact of information technology (IT) innovation (e.g., Web services standards) on information systems (IS) capabilities (e.g., flexibility, peer-to-peer computing).
  • IS Capabilities -> Business Strategy: Convergence & Digital Business Transformation
    Second, I analyze the impact of IS capabilities on business strategy and performance (e.g., value creation in business networks, e-channels and customer relationship mgmt.).
  • Third, I investigate interaction effects inherent in IS and business strategy alignment. For example, new IS, such as Web services, may enable new business models and benefits, such as reuse and sharing of investments; however, only if competitors adopt similar IS.

Theory: The research is based on industrial organization theory, computational organization theory, theory in information processing, and the decision support systems literature. Problems are solved through triangulation of qualitative analysis, economic and structural equation modeling, and computational methods.

Results: All research projects and publications are listed in chronological order in the 'Projects' and 'Publications' categories respectively. They are also arranged in topical form and can be accessed by clicking on each element of the Figures below.

In order to study interaction effects I am participating in the development of next generation analytic techniques, such as complex adaptive system (CAS) modeling and laboratory experiments using computational methods.

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