Digital Disruption: A Conceptual Clarification

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Abstract

Digital disruption is emerging as a widely used term in academic and practitioner discourse. Yet, there are few studies attempting to theorize it beyond public media conjectures. The concept risks losing its theoretical value without a grounding in its theoretical foundation – digital innovations and disruptive innovations. As a result, the term lacks precision and confounds phenomena that are neither sufficiently digital, innovative, or disruptive. This undermines the utility of the term for researchers and practitioners alike. In this paper, we conceptualize digital disruption by attending to its properties that emanate from its conceptual roots of digital innovation and disruptive innovation. In doing so, we seek to add to past work calling us to pay attention to the needed caution in chronicling digital phenomena beyond fads.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 53rd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
Number of pages10
Place of PublicationHonolulu
PublisherHawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS)
Publication date2020
Pages5482-5491
ISBN (Print)9780998133133
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventThe 53rd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. HICSS 2020 - Grand Wailea, Maui, United States
Duration: 7 Jan 202010 Jan 2020
Conference number: 53
https://scholarspace.manoa.hawaii.edu/handle/10125/63576

Conference

ConferenceThe 53rd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. HICSS 2020
Number53
LocationGrand Wailea
CountryUnited States
CityMaui
Period07/01/202010/01/2020
Internet address
SeriesProceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
ISSN1060-3425

Cite this

Baiyere, A., & Hukal, P. (2020). Digital Disruption: A Conceptual Clarification. In Proceedings of the 53rd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (pp. 5482-5491). Honolulu: Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS). Proceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences https://doi.org/http://hdl.handle.net/10125/64416