How Does IT Ambidexterity Impact Organizational Agility?

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalNot applicablepeer-review

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Author(s)

  • One-Ki (Daniel) Lee
  • Vallabh Sambamurthy
  • Kai H. Lim
  • Kwok Kee Wei

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)398 - 417
Journal / PublicationInformation Systems Research
Volume26
Issue number2
Early online date19 Jun 2015
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2015

Abstract

Organizational agility is a significant business capability. Though there have been numerous studies about the effects of information technology (IT) capabilities on organizational agility, there has been limited attention on the enabling effects of IT ambidexterity, namely, the dual capacity to explore and exploit IT resources and practices. We propose that IT ambidexterity enhances organizational agility by facilitating operational ambidexterity, and that the magnitude of facilitation depends on the level of environmental dynamism. We test these relationships utilizing data from a large-scale, matched-pair field survey of business and IT executives. The results confirm that a firm's IT ambidexterity does enhance its organizational agility through the mediated effects of operational ambidexterity, and that the dynamism of a firm's environment affects these relationships.

Research Area(s)

  • agility, IT ambidexterity, operational ambidexterity, environmental dynamism, moderated-mediation analysis

Citation Format(s)

How Does IT Ambidexterity Impact Organizational Agility? / Lee, One-Ki (Daniel); Sambamurthy, Vallabh; Lim, Kai H.; Wei, Kwok Kee.

In: Information Systems Research, Vol. 26, No. 2, 06.2015, p. 398 - 417.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalNot applicablepeer-review