Strategic and Competitive Use of Information Technology


Track Chairs:

Adam Mahmood, University of Texas El Paso,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Jack Becker, University of North Texas,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Track Description:

With increasing success in the use of Strategic and Competitive Information Systems (SCIS) for generating business value and gaining competitive advantage, businesses are more and more interested in successful design, development, deployment, and use of these systems.

The AMCIS 2013 Strategic and Competitive Use of Information Technology (SUIT) track includes research related to IS strategy and implementation; impact of IT on strategic innovation and competitive advantage; IS evaluation and performance measurements; risk and security management in strategic and competitive information systems in both public and private sector initiatives; IT governance and architectures; privacy and confidentially issues in SCIS; e-Collaboration and SCIS; strategic alignment for SCIS; strategic applications of cloud computing; and strategic transformations of the IT organization.

Minitracks:

Information Security and Privacy in the Use of Strategic and Competitive Information Technology

Adolfo S. Coronado, Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Anyi Liu, Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Aurelia Donald, University of Texas at El Paso, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

In today’s environment, security and privacy in the use of Strategic and Competitive Information Systems (SCIS) is not only necessary, but is also vital to support an organization’s strategic and competitive goals and objectives. With increasing dependence on SCIS as a source for critical decision-making and generating business value, businesses and governments must provide a secure environment for these systems.

This mini-track solicits empirical, theoretical, conceptual, and case-based research studies that seek to explore the information privacy and security aspects of strategic and competitive information systems in general and the use of strategic and competitive information technology in particular.

IS Strategy Implementation

Lance Revenaugh, Montana Tech of the University of Montana, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

David Ottloino, Montana Tech of the University of Montana, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

The IS Strategy and Implementation mini-track of the AMCIS conference began in 1996 and has been a part of each conference since.  The primary purpose for establishing the mini-track was to provide a meeting place for scholars and practicioners who wanted to do more than talk about IS strategy development.  Strategy implementation was/is the focus.  A multitude of factors can affect implementation and thus it is a great challenge to understand and make sense of. It is the purpose of this mini-track to focus on ways in which organizations effectively implement IS strategies in their organizations. Sample topics addressed in the mini-track include:

Implementation issues considered during strategy development
Integration of IT planning and strategy with business strategy
Enablers of and/or inhibitors to IS Strategy success
Implementation of any organizational strategy that is significantly impacted by IS
Research, case studies, empirical studies of IS Strategy implementation

IT Governance and Enterprise Architectures

Edimara Mezzomo Luciano, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Matthias Goeken, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Carsten Felden, TU Bergakademie Freiberg, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

In a context of a stronger relationship between IT and business, IT governance is a way to establish transparent control mechanisms that can drive and monitor the alignment of business and IT, company and IT performance as well the desirable behavior related to IT use. However, the framework of IT governance has no unique prescription. It is a set of processes to each organization because of the business context and intrinsic factors such as culture, leadership style, values and goals. Therefore, IT governance must be from the organization and to the organization, without a restrictive view that it refers exclusively to IT.

The minitrack will discuss the state of the art of methodological support, current practice, and related IT governance topics with a holistic focus and will debate new approaches to support IT governance. In addition it is intended to analyze new challenges and empirical findings concerning the mentioned topics.

IT Takes the Lead in Strategic Business Initiatives

Abhishek Kathuria, The University of Hong Kong, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Terence Saldanha, Emporia State University, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Jiban Khuntia, Oakland University, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

IT is playing a critical role in both enabling and constraining strategic business initiatives. For example, IT has enabled new business models, new business-to-business or business-to-customers value nets, and led to several product innovations, service innovations and service-oriented innovations. Firms are also struggling in accommodating and managing these new initiatives due to IT strategies that are unamenable to change. There exists a gap in extant information systems literature in exploring and addressing the challenges and opportunities involved with IT-led strategic business initiatives. This mini-track solicits studies that examine the nuances associated with strategic business initiatives that leverage information technology. Studies that explore how firms can leverage on strategic opportunities and overcome potential challenges of IT-driven initiatives are of particular interest. This mini-track serves as a venue for a wide range of research methodologies, including empirical, case study, conceptual and simulation research, across firm, network individual, team, group, or industry levels.

Mobile Enterprise

Stefan Stieglitz, University of Muenster, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Kristine Dery, The University of Sydney, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Tobias Brockmann, University of Muenster, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

The rapidly emerging diffusion of mobile devices like smartphones and tablets in enterprises presents new challenges for CIOs and decisions makers as they respond to these technologies to achieve competitive organizational performance (Dery & MacCormick, 2012). Mobile technologies have a rapid innovation rate and as usual in IT, enterprises must be always prepared to respond to new technologies and upcoming trends like, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), Tablets, Long Term Evolution (LTE) or Near Field Communications (NFC). Therefore, corporate wide strategies are necessary to manage risks, ensure competitive organizational performance and consider upcoming trends. The transformation of emerging mobile technologies into organizational performance is currently particularly under researched. Therefore the goal of this minitrack is to provide a forum for academics and practitioners to identify and explore issues, opportunities, and solutions surrounding the valuable transformation process towards a mobile enterprise. Empirical (both quantitative and qualitative) as well as theoretical work is very welcome.

Strategic and Competitive Applications of Cloud Computing

Niharika Dayyala, The University of Texas at El Paso, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Faruk Arslan, The University of Texas at El Paso, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Cloud Computing is considered to be one of the major advances in computing and emerging to be a hot topic for both practitioners and academia. Cloud Computing offers several opportunities inclusive of high and rapid scalability, low-cost computing, fault-tolerant services, ability to deal with big data. Given the promises of cloud computing, Gartner Research expects cloud computing market to be a $150 billion business by 2014. Despite its growing prominence, there are still several issues such as security, which are hampering the rapid adaption of Cloud Computing.

Strategic and Competitive Use of Enterprise Systems

Tayfun Keskin, University of Washington Bothell, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Nazim

Taskin Massey, Massey University, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Jacques Verville, Auburn University at Montgomery, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Strategies have provided advantage to those players who used competitive actions, policies or plans along with new tools, and technologies to achieve their objectives.  Studies reveal Enterprise systems (ES) may bring in many tangible and intangible benefits to organizations including data integration, business functions support, cost reduction, customer satisfaction, productivity improvement, and better business performance.  However, reaping benefits from enterprise systems proved to be an elusive goal.

Generally, enterprise systems have a direct impact on the business processes.  These integrated applications change business plans and objectives; therefore by definition, ES have a potential for strategic impact for organizational performance and competitiveness.  Most recent trends and applications of ES are cloud migration and mobile use.  In this context, this mini-track solicits empirical, theoretical and case based research studies that investigate the strategic and competitive use of enterprise systems to explain their role on organizational and business performance.