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IS-Driven Organizational Responsiveness


Benn Konsynski


Emory University - Goizueta Business School

David A. Bray


National Defense University - Information Resources Management College; Emory University - Department of Decision & Information Analysis

Dominic Thomas


Sawyer Business School

April 2007


Abstract:     
We develop and subsequently test a model detailing how knowledge technologies, embodied in intra-organizational information systems (IS), provide opportunities that influence individual-level human motivations to engage in knowledge exchange processes, thereby influencing organizational responsiveness. Our model both explains and predicts the different contributions of IS-driven antecedents influencing organizational responsiveness, to include knowledge technologies, employee motivations, and processes to exchange knowledge. We specifically examine a large government agency charged with responding to national security threats, public health outbreaks, and environmental disasters. For knowledge-intensive enterprises confronting such challenges, organizational responsiveness represents their ability to respond to emergent opportunities or concerns. Our results shed light on both the importance of and macro-level manner in which such organizations can to pair decision support for extreme events with strategic information systems encouraging relevant knowledge exchanges and processes.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 37

Keywords: intra-organizational information systems, decision support for extreme events, knowledge exchanges, exploration, exploitation, formal incentives, normative values, competence-based trust, social dilemmas, knowledge technologies

JEL Classification: D21, D23, D70, D83, O30

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Date posted: May 7, 2007 ; Last revised: October 20, 2007

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Konsynski, Benn and Bray, David A. and Thomas, Dominic, IS-Driven Organizational Responsiveness (April 2007). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=984598 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.984598

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Benn Konsynski
Emory University - Goizueta Business School ( email )
1300 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30322-2722
United States
David A. Bray (Contact Author)
National Defense University - Information Resources Management College ( email )
Washington, DC
HOME PAGE: http://www.linkedin.com/in/dbray
Emory University - Department of Decision & Information Analysis ( email )
1300 Clifton Road - details at http://dbray.org
Atlanta, GA 30322
United States
HOME PAGE: http://www.fc.bus.emory.edu/~dbray/
Dominic Thomas
Sawyer Business School ( email )
73 Tremont St
Boston, MA Massachusetts 02108
United States
617-573-8442 (Phone)
HOME PAGE: http://www.suffolk.edu
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