Strategic Information Systems Planning as a Dynamic Capability: Insights from an Agent-based Simulation Study

Daniel Fürstenau, Johannes Schinzel, Catherine Cleophas

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Strategic information systems planning (SISP) helps companies to align their IT systems with their business plans. It claims to enable companies to gain competitive advantages. The resource-based view (RBV) of the firm might help to understand how and why. Drawing on prior research we believe that strategic IT planning is a dynamic capability, enabling a firm to reconfigure its resource configuration as theorized by Eisenhardt and Martin. However, this assumption has not been tested sufficiently yet. Using an agent-based simulation (ABS), this study tests to what extent strategic IT planning as a dynamic capability enables a firm to gain competitive advantages. We model an industry of companies striving for competitive advantages by optimizing their IT resources using dynamic capabilities. Given our operationalization of Eisenhardt and Martin's framework, we however cannot support the notion of SISP as a dynamic capability. Interestingly, companies in the simulation fail to realize competitive advantages because they do not anticipate competitors' moves and environmental uncertainty, an aspect deserving more attention in the resource-based view. These results and further research it may encourage demonstrate the potential of ABS for refining theories. Proceedings 28th European Conference on Modelling and Simulation
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 28th European Conference on Modelling and Simulation ECMS 2014
EditorsFlaminio Squazzoni, Fabio Baronio, Claudia Archetti, Marco Castellani
Number of pages8
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherEuropean Council for Modelling and Simulation
Publication date2014
ISBN (Print)9780956494481
ISBN (Electronic)9780956494498
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event28th European Conference on Modelling and Simulation, ECMS 2014 - Università degli Studi di Brescia, Brescia, Italy
Duration: 27 May 201430 May 2014
Conference number: 28


Conference28th European Conference on Modelling and Simulation, ECMS 2014
LocationUniversità degli Studi di Brescia
SeriesProceedings ECMS, The European Council for Modelling and Simulation


  • Agent-based simulation
  • Dynamic capabilities
  • Governance and management of IT
  • Strategic IT planning

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