The Determinants and Role of Agility in Digital Organizations

Faculty/Professorship: Information Systems and Services  ; Information Systems Management  
Author(s): Holotiuk, Friedrich; Beimborn, Daniel  ; Jentsch, Christian
Title of the compilation: ECIS 2018 Proceedings
Corporate Body: European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS), 25th, Porthsmouth UK
Publisher Information: AIS Electronic Library (AISeL)
Year of publication: 2018
Pages: 18 ; Online-Ressource
Series ; Volume: Research Papers ; 182
Language(s): English
The changes in the business environment due to digital technologies and an increasing pace of innovation, have to be reflected in the organizational design of firms. In particular, agility has been put forward as an approach to cope with upcoming changes and to ensure organizational effectiveness in times of digitalization. We conceptualize agility as two types - detecting and reacting agility. In this paper, we analyze the organizational design and identify determinants for these two types of agility within the design. In our empirical study, we identified agility as a determinant of organizational effectiveness and discuss the relevance of agility in new forms of organizing in today's business environment. Our research is based on a quantitative study in the professional services industry where we conducted a survey with 217 respondents. The findings of our study carry theoretical contributions regarding the determinants of agility in the organizational design and the further delineation of detecting and reacting agility. Both of them carry essential importance for the design of digital organizations. Building on that, we derive managerial implications that yield the need to update the organizational design. In addition, we determine new forms of organizing and anchor agility as a management objective for digital organizations.
Peer Reviewed: Ja
International Distribution: Ja
Type: Conferenceobject
Year of publication: 8. January 2019