Strategic Relevance of Organizational Virtues Enabled by Information Technology in Organizational Innovation

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Author(s)

  • Sutirtha Chatterjee
  • Gregory Moody
  • Paul Benjamin Lowry
  • Suranjan Chakraborty
  • Andrew Hardin

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)158-196
Journal / PublicationJournal of Management Information Systems
Volume32
Issue number3
Online published16 Dec 2015
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Abstract

The central theme of this paper is that information technology (IT) can serve to create ethical organizations endowed with virtuous characteristics, and that such ethical organizations can innovate better in todays dynamic market environment. Drawing on the notion of virtue ethics propounded by the Greek philosopher Aristotle, we theorize that core organizational IT affordances influence the development of organizational virtues, which in turn influence organizational improvisational capabilities and innovation. We propose the "IT-virtues-innovation" (IVI) model and test it using a cross-organizational survey of 250 employees from various organizations in the United States. Our findings largely support our proposal that IT affordances positively influence organizational virtues, which then influence organizational improvisational capabilities, thus improving organizational innovation. This paper contributes to the understanding of organizational innovation by articulating the strategic usefulness of IT-enabled organizational ethics, and it explains how IT-enabled ethical competence (virtues) influences strategic competence (improvisational capabilities and innovation).

Research Area(s)

  • ethical organizations, information technology affordances, information technology strategy, organizational capabilities, organizational courage, organizational innovation, organizational justice, organizational memory affordance, organizational temperance, organizational virtues, organizational wisdom, process management affordance, virtue ethics

Citation Format(s)

Strategic Relevance of Organizational Virtues Enabled by Information Technology in Organizational Innovation. / Chatterjee, Sutirtha; Moody, Gregory; Lowry, Paul Benjamin; Chakraborty, Suranjan; Hardin, Andrew.

In: Journal of Management Information Systems, Vol. 32, No. 3, 2015, p. 158-196.

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