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IS Agility Research: An Assessment and Future Directions

Hannu Salmela, Tommi Tapanainen, Abayomi Baiyere, Marko Hallanoro, Robert Galliers, IS Agility Research: An Assessment and Future Directions. In: The Networked Society, 1–18, AIS Electronic Library, 2015.


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.


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BibTeX entry:

  title = {IS Agility Research: An Assessment and Future Directions},
  booktitle = {The Networked Society},
  author = {Salmela, Hannu and Tapanainen, Tommi and Baiyere, Abayomi and Hallanoro, Marko and Galliers, Robert},
  publisher = {AIS Electronic Library},
  pages = {1–18},
  year = {2015},
  keywords = {IS agility, IS flexibility, dynamic capabilities, literature review. },
  ISSN = { 978-3-00-050284-2},

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