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    How IT and the rest of the business can innovate together

    Whelan, Eoin and Anderson, Jack and van den Hooff, Bart and Donnellan, Brian (2015) How IT and the rest of the business can innovate together. Communications of the Association for Information Systems, 36 (14). pp. 261-272. ISSN 1529-3181

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    With its increasing power and sophistication, IT plays a central role in accelerating the innovation process. As such, almost every industry today is spending billions of dollars in the race to unleash the potential of digital technologies. Yet, many companies are failing to harness their IT capabilities for innovation because of the poor relationship often existing between their IT division and other business units. To aid in overcoming this problem, we present the innovation and IT posture framework. The framework identifies the four different levels of posture IT divisions typically adopt in enterprises and the various stages of maturity in each posture. Our key message is that fertile ground for IT-driven innovation will only emerge when the IT posture aligns with what the rest of the enterprise expects. Based on our research and consulting work, we also offer five key lessons that will enable CIOs and innovation leaders to overcome these collaboration shortcomings and deliver real IT-driven innovations.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Cite as: ecommended Citation Whelan, Eoin; Anderson, Jack; van den Hooff, Bart; and Donnellan, Brian (2015) "How IT and the Rest of the Business Can Innovate Together," Communications of the Association for Information Systems: Vol. 36 , Article 14. DOI: 10.17705/1CAIS.03614 Available at:
    Keywords: Innovation; Network Analysis; IT Capabilities; CIO;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > Innovation Value Institute, IVI
    Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Business
    Item ID: 14846
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    Depositing User: Prof. Brian Donnellan
    Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2021 15:07
    Journal or Publication Title: Communications of the Association for Information Systems
    Publisher: Association for Information Systems
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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