Wicked yet Empowering: When IT Innovations are also Disruptive Innovations

Abayomi Baiyere, Hannu Salmela

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What happens when an IT innovation is also a disruptive innovation? This study explores this question by examining sample cases of advances in IT that have also been categorized as disruptive innovations. The study leads to a conceptual thesis that such occurrences result in a contrasting duality dimension of wicked challenges and empowerment opportunities for different actors. We advance a model for positioning an IT innovation with disruptive tendencies in an impact quadrant to access its relative position to different actors. We observe that in an era characterized by continuous rapid advancement in IT, the tendency for the emergence of disruptive IT innovations increases. We therefore conclude by highlighting trends in this direction and advance future research agenda that should open up an opportunity for IS research that could be both theoretically insightful as well as practically relevant.
TitelProceedings of the Thirty Sixth International Conference on Information Systems. ICIS 2015
RedaktørerTraci Carte, Armin Heinzl, Cathy Urquhart
Antal sider15
UdgivelsesstedAtlanta, GA
ForlagAssociation for Information Systems. AIS Electronic Library (AISeL)
ISBN (Elektronisk)9780996683111
StatusUdgivet - 2015
Udgivet eksterntJa
BegivenhedThe 36th International Conference on Information Systems. ICIS 2015: Exploring the Information Frontier - Fort Worth Convention Center, Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Varighed: 13 dec. 201516 dec. 2015
Konferencens nummer: 36


KonferenceThe 36th International Conference on Information Systems. ICIS 2015
LokationFort Worth Convention Center
ByFort Worth, Texas


  • Disruptive innovations/technologies
  • Economics and value of IS
  • Empowerment
  • IT innovations
  • Sustainability and societal impacts of IS
  • Value creation
  • Wicked problems