Determinants of a Sustainable Competitive Advantage Due to an IT-Enabled Strategy
Chapman University - The George L. Argyros School of Business & Economics
Theophanis C. Stratopoulos
University of Waterloo - School of Accounting and Finance
March 1, 2003
The Journal of Strategic Information Systems, Vol. 12, No. 1, pp. 7-28, March 2003
Information technology (IT) has been asserted to be a source of sustainable competitive advantage. Empirical evidence has shown that IT can improve a company's performance and competitive position. We examine the factors that are believed to lead to a sustainable competitive advantage due to an IT-enabled strategy, and test these factors empirically. Our findings show that managerial IT skills are positively related to sustainability, and competitor's knowledge of competitive advantage is negatively related to sustainability. There was no support for technical IT skills or IT infrastructure as a source of sustainable competitive advantage.
Keywords: Information technology, IT strategy, IT resources, Competitive advantage, Sustainability, Firm performance
JEL Classification: M15, M41, O14
Date posted: February 26, 2009
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