Information systems strategising

The role of ambidextrous capabilities in shaping power relations

Authored by: Marco Marabelli , Robert D. Galliers

The Routledge Companion to Management Information Systems

Print publication date:  August  2017
Online publication date:  August  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138666450
eBook ISBN: 9781315619361
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315619361.ch14

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Abstract

We reintroduce the information systems strategising (ISS) framework and extend it to include power considerations, bearing in mind the organisational tensions and capabilities involved in strategising. The framework is a relevant and widely adopted principle-based construct that conceptualises strategy (or, better, strategising) as an ongoing set of practices involving planned as well as emergent aspects. IS strategising revolves around the idea that managing the tensions between exploring and exploiting (knowledge, information systems, formal/informal mechanisms, networks and relationships) enables the enactment of specific plans as well as improvisation, bearing in mind the internal and environmental circumstances that pertain at any particular point in time.

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