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Henfridsson, Ola
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Henfridsson, O., Yoo, Y. & Svahn, F. (2009). Path Creation in Digital Innovation: A Multi-Layered Dialectics Perspective. Association for Information Systems
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Path Creation in Digital Innovation: A Multi-Layered Dialectics Perspective
2009 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

We extend the path creation literature by developing a dialectic perspective of its multi-layered nature. In particular, our perspective focuses on the process by which designers shift their attention across different layers of digital innovation in the pursuit of a particular innovation path. To better understand path creation in digital innovation, we draw on a six-year in-depth field study of designers at CarCorp and its owner, GlobalCarCorp. Because of the reciprocal nature of path creation and path dependency, the design agency of CarCorp's path creators is embroiled in tensions and contradictions. The reciprocity of dominant, emergent, and residual design structures serves as an underlying generative force for breaking away from the current innovation path of the studied automaker.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Association for Information Systems, 2009. p. 25
Series
Sprouts: Working Papers on Information Systems, ISSN 1535-6078 ; 9(20)
National Category
Information Systems
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-9727 (URN)
Available from: 2009-09-03 Created: 2009-07-30 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved
Henfridsson, O., Mathiassen, L. & Svahn, F. (2009). Reconfiguring Modularity: Closing Capability Gaps inDigital Innovation. Association for Information Systems
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Reconfiguring Modularity: Closing Capability Gaps inDigital Innovation
2009 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

It is widely acknowledged that modularity, as an approach to both product design and organization design, provides product developing firms with dynamic capabilities that allow them to more effectively respond to changes in the environment. However, the innovation literature is silent on how such dynamic capabilities might require reconfiguration as firms in traditional industries embed digital technology into their products. Drawing on theories of modularity, capability, and software engineering, we therefore conducted a multi-level study of car navigation technology. On the industry level, we investigated how automakers' traditional hierarchical control over the innovation process was challenged as they faced multiple digital options for navigation systems design. On the firm level, we investigated how one large automaker exploited these options by reconfiguring modularity and distributing control over the innovation process. The paper makes two inter-related contributions. First, we extend the innovation literature by identifying and characterizing a capability gap that product developing firms in traditional industries face if they merely accommodate digital technology within the confines of current approaches to modularity. Second, we present a new understanding of modularity that draws on the innovation literature as well as the software engineering literature. Rather than relying mainly on components as interrelated physical parts of a hierarchical system, we argue that digital innovation requires product developers to fully exploit physical as well as logical design perspectives, and to differentiate between components as parts, as patterns, and as platforms. We posit that the capability to combine such approaches to modularity is essential for effectively embedding digital technology into traditional physical products.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Association for Information Systems, 2009. p. 30
Series
Sprouts: Working Paper on Information Systems, ISSN 1535-6078 ; 9(22)
National Category
Information Systems
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-9728 (URN)
Available from: 2009-09-01 Created: 2009-07-30 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved
Andersson, M., Lindgren, R. & Henfridsson, O. (2008). Architectural Knowledge in Inter-Organizational IT Innovation. Journal of strategic information systems, 17(1), 19-38
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Architectural Knowledge in Inter-Organizational IT Innovation
2008 (English)In: Journal of strategic information systems, ISSN 0963-8687, E-ISSN 1873-1198, Vol. 17, no 1, p. 19-38Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper examines the front-end process of inter-organizational IT innovation. In particular, it focuses on the nature and role of architectural knowledge. Such knowledge is important for development of architectures capable of serving the goals of heterogeneous actors and associated technologies. Yet, surprisingly little research has been done on how architectural knowledge may be developed through collective achievements. This paper presents a theoretical model of architectural knowledge development in inter-organizational IT innovation. Applying this model throughout an action research project within the Swedish transport industry, the paper identifies four dimensions of architectural knowledge that proved important for facilitating an industry-wide ubiquitous computing environment. The four dimensions are technology capability awareness, use context sensitivity, business model understanding, and boundary-spanning competence. We conclude the paper by outlining the theoretical and strategy implications of the model and the four dimensions of architectural knowledge.

Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-5598 (URN)
Available from: 2010-01-25 Created: 2008-05-22 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved
Lindgren, R., Andersson, M. & Henfridsson, O. (2008). Multi-Contextuality in Boundary Spanning Practices. Information Systems Journal, 18(6), 641-661
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Multi-Contextuality in Boundary Spanning Practices
2008 (English)In: Information Systems Journal, ISSN 1350-1917, E-ISSN 1365-2575, Vol. 18, no 6, p. 641-661Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The capability to establish boundary spanning practices within and across organizations has for long been recognized as a key strategic resource. As organizations are becoming distributed and dynamic, they will be increasingly populated by multiple functional, geographical, hierarchical, and professional boundaries. The inherent complexity of such settings makes it difficult for organizations to leverage their boundary spanning practices. IT systems have been hailed as a critical enabler of boundary spanning. However, there is little knowledge on how organizations are affected by the introduction of different types of IT systems. Building on an interpretive case study of Swedish transport organizations, this paper explores consequences of sensor technology for boundary spanning. The paper contributes with an understanding of what co-existing use contexts mean for boundary spanning practices. A theoretical implication is that such multi-contextuality requires an integrative view on boundary spanning that combines insights from the organizational innovation and work practice literatures.

Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-5599 (URN)doi:10.1111/j.1365-2575.2007.00245.x (DOI)
Available from: 2010-01-25 Created: 2008-05-22 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved
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