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Industry patterns of agility: a study of the role of Information systems and information technology as an antecedent of strategic agililty in European Companies

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Industry patterns of agility : a study of the role of Information systems and information technology as an antecedent of strategic agililty in European Companies. / Ekman, Anders; Angwin, Duncan Neil.

In: International Journal of Agile Systems and Management, Vol. 2, No. 4, 2007, p. 360-375.

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title = "Industry patterns of agility: a study of the role of Information systems and information technology as an antecedent of strategic agililty in European Companies",
abstract = "As globalisation opens up local markets for global competition, Information Systems and Information Technology (IS/IT) make it increasingly simple to elicit, process and transfer complex data anywhere instantly. Taken together, globalisation and IS/IT radically increase the complexity and turbulence of most industries, putting increasing demand on the flexibility and responsiveness (strategic agility) of incumbent organisations. This study addresses to what extent IS/IT act as an antecedent of organisational agility. At this end, a quantitative perspective was employed using a 33-variable 5-point Likert scale survey instrument where variables were grouped according to a 4D construct representing the four strategic dimensions of agile competition by Goldman, Nagel and Preiss (1995). A condensed version of the survey was pretested by 24 attendees at a European IT conference whereas the full survey was taken by 145 members of a European IT user group. The study makes the following contributions: (1) A validated and calibrated research instrument that can be used to diagnose and benchmark IS/IT leverage within organisations, (2) An overview and a graphical presentation of IS/IT leverage within European sectors and regions, measured along the four strategic dimensions of agile competition and (3) Empirical support for the viability of Goldman, Nagel and Preiss's (1995) agility definition.",
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