Towards a Unified View of Informations Systems (IS) Capability

Abayomi Baiyere, Hannu Salmela

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Since the introduction of the concept of IS capability to IS research, it has been extensively used to explain various IS related studies - for instance: Competitive advantage, firm performance, and agility among several others. This extensive use of the concept has resulted in several interpretations and diverse classifications. These discrepancies in combination with the extensive use of the concept put its fundamental logic at the danger of losing its meaning. Using a systematic literature review, this paper highlights the similarities, differences and fragmented knowledge groups and consequently provides a possibility to move towards a unified view of IS capability. To consolidate the fragmented classifications, the paper advances a four ellipse model from prior classification to vividly conceptualize the IS capability construct and hence provide an integrated platform for future research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPACIS 2014 Proceedings
EditorsKeng Siau, Qing Li, Xunhua Guo
Number of pages15
Place of PublicationAtlanta, GA
PublisherAssociation for Information Systems. AIS Electronic Library (AISeL)
Publication date2014
Article number329
ISBN (Electronic)9789888353224
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventThe 18th Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems. PACIS 2014 - Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE), Chengdu, China
Duration: 24 Jun 201428 Jun 2014
Conference number: 18


ConferenceThe 18th Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems. PACIS 2014
LocationSouthwestern University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE)
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  • Ellipse model
  • Innovation and information systems/technology IT/IS capability classification
  • IS capabilities
  • Literature review

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