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Influence of insight and manoeuvre inertia on information technology investments and strategic change
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
Linköping University, Linköpings universitet, 581 83 Linköping, Sweden.
2014 (English)In: International Journal of Management and Decision Making, ISSN 1462-4621, E-ISSN 1741-5187, Vol. 13, no 3, 250-265 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

IT is transforming the global economy. The technology may inspireas well as hinder the development of business strategies. The concept oforganisational inertia highlights factors that prevent organisations from makingchanges necessary to realise such strategies. In this article, writings on theinertia concept are summarised and used as a framework to analyse howorganisational inertia influences decisions on IT investments and strategicchange. The empirical data consists of minutes from board meetings regardinginvestments in information technology (IT) in a Swedish newspaper andprinting company during the years 1971–1989. The analysis shows that it wasvarious aspects of manoeuvre inertia that postponed the necessary changes totake place and furthermore that the frame of reference used still is valid in orderto analyse and understand organisational inertia. To a manager in a businessworld that is in a state of constant change (often spurred by various ITinnovations), the inertia concept can contribute to deepening the analysis offactors that may influence the change necessary to realise the full potential ofan IT investment.

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2014. Vol. 13, no 3, 250-265 p.
Keyword [en]
organisational inertia; organisational transformation; information technology; IT; longitudinal study
National Category
Business Administration Social Sciences
Research subject
Business Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-228140DOI: 10.1504/IJMDM.2014.063570OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-228140DiVA: diva2:732631
Available from: 2014-07-04 Created: 2014-07-04 Last updated: 2016-07-19Bibliographically approved

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