Determinants of a Sustainable Competitive Advantage Due to an IT-Enabled Strategy

The Journal of Strategic Information Systems, Vol. 12, No. 1, pp. 7-28, March 2003

Posted: 26 Feb 2009  

Bruce Dehning

Chapman University - The George L. Argyros School of Business & Economics

Theophanis C. Stratopoulos

University of Waterloo - School of Accounting and Finance

Date Written: March 1, 2003

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Dehning, Bruce and Stratopoulos, Theophanis C., Determinants of a Sustainable Competitive Advantage Due to an IT-Enabled Strategy (March 1, 2003). The Journal of Strategic Information Systems, Vol. 12, No. 1, pp. 7-28, March 2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1306192

Bruce Dehning (Contact Author)

Chapman University - The George L. Argyros School of Business & Economics ( email )

333 N. Glassell
Orange, CA 92866
United States

Theophanis C. Stratopoulos

University of Waterloo - School of Accounting and Finance ( email )

200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1 N2L 3G1
Canada
519-888-4567 x35943 (Phone)

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