IS Agility Research: An Assessment and Future Directions

Hannu Salmela, Tommi Tapanainen, Abayomi Baiyere, Mikko Hallanoro, Robert D. Galliers

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In this paper, we briefly describe IS agility related research in four established IS research areas: IT infrastructure, IS development, IS organization, and IS personnel. We present a systematic literature review of articles published in leading scientific IS journals during the years 1990-2013. The main contribution of the paper is in the summary of research methods and results of agility related research in the four research streams. Our analysis will provide researchers with a foundation of prior research when designing future studies. Additionally, the paper raises concerns that the dominance of two research streams (i.e., flexible IT infrastructures and agile IS development methods), may overshadow the role of IS personnel characteristics and IS organisation design in agility studies. Future IS agility research could also benefit from studies adopting a broader theoretical perspective to integrate concepts and findings across all four research streams.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationECIS 2015 Proceedings
EditorsJörg Becker, Jan vom Brocke, Marco De Marco
Number of pages16
Place of PublicationAtlanta, GA
PublisherAssociation for Information Systems. AIS Electronic Library (AISeL)
Publication date2015
Article number155
ISBN (Electronic)9783000502842
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
EventThe 23rd European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS) 2015 - Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Münster, Germany
Duration: 26 May 201529 May 2015
Conference number: 23


ConferenceThe 23rd European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS) 2015
LocationWestfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
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  • Dynamic Capabilities
  • IS agility
  • IS flexibility
  • Literature Review

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