Information systems strategies in knowledge-based SMEs: the role of core competencies
UNSPECIFIED (2001) Information systems strategies in knowledge-based SMEs: the role of core competencies. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF INFORMATION SYSTEMS, 10 (1). pp. 25-40. ISSN 0960-085XFull text not available from this repository.
Research into the sources of competitive advantage identifies two competing views. The first concerns industry structure, and the role of information systems (IS) in enabling competitive advantage is to lower cost, build barriers to entry and tie in customers and suppliers. The second View is resource-based. This argues that competitive advantage arises from the ability to accumulate resources and capabilities that are rare, valuable, non-substitutable and difficult to imitate. This paper discusses the role of IS as firm resources and the role of such resources in small firms (SMEs). It uses as a vehicle, the identification and development of an information systems strategy (ISS) in a knowledge-based SME. The use of core competencies or capabilities, a key aspect of resources, as a basis for an ISS is contrasted with the use of a structural approach exemplified here by the value chain. Using participant observation research in a not-for-profit organisation that provides consultancy in social housing, this paper investigates these approaches. The paper concludes by identifying a number of areas for further research including the operationalisation of the core competence perspective in developing an ISS.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Electronic computers. Computer science. Computer software
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
|Journal or Publication Title:||EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF INFORMATION SYSTEMS|
|Publisher:||NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP|
|Number of Pages:||16|
|Page Range:||pp. 25-40|
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