Sessions Plan and Readings
1. Key ideas and notions of strategy—A historical review
This session will focus on the evolution of strategy concepts in organization and information systems
research. Specifically, we will focus on the history of strategy, the significance of coordinating scale and
scope economies, and how firms position themselves in their respective industry by pursuing specific
The introductory chapters from each of the following books:
- Chandler, A., Jr. (1977). The visible hand: The managerial revolution in American business. Belknap Press of
Harvard University Press.
- Chandler, A., Jr. (1990). Scale and scope: The dynamics of industrial capitalism. Belknap Press of Harvard
- Porter, Michael E. (1980). Competitive Strategy. Free Press. ISBN 0-684-84148-7.Recommended readings
- Porter, Michael E. (1985). Competitive Advantage. Free Press. ISBN 0-684-84146-0.
- Hambrick, D, (1983). "An empirical typology of mature industrial product environments" Academy of
Management Journal, 26: 213-230.
- Murray, A.I. (1988).2. The evolution and foundations of strategy research
This session will focus on two dominant theories when theorizing about strategy and its theoretical foundations: Resource-Based View and Dynamic capabilities. We will focus on strategic positioning and the pursuit of competitive advantage. Required readings
- Barney, Jay (1991). "Firm Resources and Sustained Competitive Advantage." Journal of Management. 17 (1): 99–120.
- Barney, J.B. (2001). "Is the Resource-Based "View" a Useful Perspective for Strategic Management Research?". Academy of Management Review. 26 (1): 101. doi:10.5465/AMR.2001
- Teece, David J. (2007). "Explicating Dynamic Capabilities: The Nature and Microfoundations of (Sustainable) Enterprise Performance". Strategic Management Journal. Recommended readings
- Teece, David; Pisano, Gary; Shuen, Amy (1997). "Dynamic Capabilities and Strategic Management." Strategic Management Journal. 18 (7): 509–533.
- Makadok, Richard (2001). "Toward a synthesis of the resource-based and dynamic-capability views of rent creation". Strategic Management Journal. 22 (5): 387–401. doi:10.1002/smj
- Helfat, C. E., and Martin, J. A. (2015). "Dynamic Managerial Capabilities: Review and Assessment of Managerial Impact on Strategic Change," Journal of Management (41:5), Sage Publications Sage CA: Los Angeles, CA, pp. 1281–1312. 4
- Mata, F. J., Fuerst, W. L., and Barney, J. B. (1995). "Information Technology and Sustained Competitive Advantage: A Resource-Based Analysis," MIS Quarterly (19:4), pp. 487–505.
- Wang, C. L., and Ahmed, P. K. (2007). "Dynamic Capabilities: A Review and Research Agenda," International Journal of Management Reviews (9:1), Wiley Online Library, pp. 31–51.
- Wheeler, Bradley C. (2002). "NEBIC: A Dynamic Capabilities Theory for Assessing Net-Enablement". Information Systems Research. 13 (2): 125–14
- Helfat, Constance E.; Finkelstein, Sydney; Mitchell, Will; Peteraf, Margaret; Singh, Harbir; Teece, David; Winter, Sidney G. (2009). Dynamic Capabilities: Understanding Strategic Change in Organizations 3. The development of IT and Business alignment as a strategic framing Session Focus
This session introduces the key theories used to make information technology and digital phenomena explicit at a firm-level strategy. Required readings
- Wade, M., and Hulland, J. (2004). "The Resource-Based View and Information Systems Research: Review, Extension, and Suggestions for Future Research," MIS Quarterly (28:1), pp. 107–142.
- Piccoli, G., and Ives, B. (2005). "II-Dependent Strategic Initiatives and Sustained Competitive Advantage: A Review and Synthesis of the Literature," MIS Quarterly (29:4), pp. 747–776.
- Drnevich, Paul L. and Croson, David C. (2013). "Information Technology and Business-Level Strategy: Toward an Integrated Theoretical Perspective," MIS Quarterly, (37: 2) pp.483-509. Recommended readings
- Ives, B., and Learmonth, G. (1984). "The Information System as a Competitive Weapon," Communication of the ACM (27:12), pp. 1193–1201.
- Bharadwaj, A. S. (2000). "A Resource-Based Perspective on Information Technology Capability and Firm Performance: An Empirical Investigation," MIS Quarterly, pp. 169–196.
- Kohli, R., and Grover, V. (2008). "Business Value of IT: An Essay on Expanding Research Directions to Keep up with the Times," Journal of the Association for Information Systems (9:1), p. 1.
- Wessel, L., Baiyere, A., Ologeanu-Taddei, R., Cha, J., and Jensen, T. (2020). "Unpacking the Difference between Digital Transformation and IT-Enabled Organizational Transformation," Journal of Association of Information Systems. 4. Theories of digitalization and properties of digital objects
This session explores the current notions of digital phenomena and digital objects and how they materialize as physical and social resources. Required readings
- Kallinikos, J., Aaltonen, A., and Marton, A. (2013). "The Ambivalent Ontology of Digital Artifacts," MIS Quarterly (37:2), pp. 357–370. (https://doi.org/10.25300/MISQ/2013/37.2.02).
- Faulkner, P., and Runde, J. (2019). "Theorizing the Digital Object," MIS Quarterly (43:4).
- Yoo, Y., Henfridsson, O., and Lyytinen, K. (2010). "Research Commentary—the New Organizing Logic of Digital Innovation: An Agenda for Information Systems Research," Information Systems Research (21:4), pp. 724–735. 5D S IGITAL Recommended readings
- Nambisan, S., Lyytinen, K., Majrzchak, A., & Song, M. (2017). Digital innovation management: Reinventing innovation management research in a digital world. MIS Quarterly, 41(1), 223–238. https://doi.org/10.25300/MISQ/2017/41:1.03
- Tilson, D., Lyytinen, K., and Sorensen, C. (2010). "Digital Infrastructures: The Missing IS Research Agenda," Information Systems Research (21:4), pp. 748–759.
- Yoo, Y. (2010). "Computing in Everyday Life: A Call for Research on Experiential Computing," MIS Quarterly (34:2), pp. 213–231.
- Hanseth, O., and Lyytinen, K. (2010). "Design Theory for Dynamic Complexity in Information Infrastructures: The Case of Building Internet," Journal of Information Technology (25:1), pp. 1–19. (https://doi.org/10.1057/jit.2009.19).
- Baskerville, R., Myers, M., & Yoo, Y. (2020). Digital first: The ontological reversal and new challenges for information systems research. MIS Quarterly, 44(2), 509–523. https://doi.org/10.25300/MISQ/2020/14418 5. Digital objects as a foundation of Digital Strategy
We will review emerging notions of digital strategy and related analysis of digital objects' capabilities and impact on strategy formation and execution. We will identify the emerging digital strategy theory's core concepts and methodological lenses. Required readings
- Constantinides, P., Henfridsson, O., & Parker, G. G. (2018). Introduction—platforms and infrastructures in the digital age. Information Systems Research, 29(2), 381–400. https://doi.org/10.
- Baiyere, A., Grover, V., Gupta, A., Woerner, S., and Lyytinen, K. J. (202x). "Digital 'x' – Charting a Path for Digital-Themed Research," Manuscript Under Review.
- Piccoli G, Rodriques J. Grover V. (2022): Digital Strategic Initiatives and Digital Resources: Construct Definition and Future Research Directions, Manuscript Under Review.Recommended readings
- De Reuver, M., Sørensen, C., & Basole, R. C. (2017). The digital platform: A research agenda. Journal of Information Technology, 33(2), 1–12. https://doi.org/10.1057/s41265-016-003331287/isre.2018.0794
- Henfridsson, O., Nandhakumar, J., Scarbrough, H., and Panourgias, N. (2018). "Recombination in the OpenEnded Value Landscape of Digital Innovation," Information and Organization (28:2), pp. 89–100.
- Alaimo, C., Kallinikos, J., and Valderrama, E. (2020). "Platforms as Service Ecosystems: Lessons from Social Media," Journal of Information Technology (35:1), SAGE Publications Sage UK: London, England, pp. 25–48.
- Bharadwaj A. Sawy O., Pavlou P, Venkatraman N. (2013). "Digital Business Strategy: Toward A Next Generation of Insights" MIS Quarterly Vol. 37 No. 2, pp. 471-482.
- Gawer, A. (2014). Bridging differing perspectives on technological platforms: Toward an integrative framework. Research Policy, 43(7), 1239–1249. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.respol.2014.03.006
- Karhu K, Heiskala M, Rital P, Llewellyn T. (202x) "Platform Externalities", Manuscript Under Review. 6. Research Proposal Workshop
We will work on each student's research proposal. Students will present the research proposals they have worked on throughout the course. The presentations are limited to 10 minutes, allowing considerable time for discussion. The workshop offers an opportunity to gather feedback that can be incorporated into each participant's own dissertation projects.