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Microfoundations of Information System Agility, Knowledge Management and Firm Performance


*Journal of Knowledge Management Special Section*

The agile information system drives firms’ knowledge manatement practices for superior performance as they operate in increasingly global, turbulent and complex business environments (Wensley and van Stijn, 2007). To remain competitive, the firms should be agile to respond to the changing needs of the businesses (e.g. changing economy, new opportunities and competitors, time-to-market pressure) to survive and grow (Gandossy, 2003) as agility is important in a business environment which is characterized by high competitive intensity (Grewal and Tansuhaj, 2001). It is believed that concept of agility arose from flexible and lean manufacturing (Kidd, 1995; Dove, 2001), and has been quickly adopted by organizations across idustry and geography. In a dynamic envirnment, agility and speed are critical for organizational and HR strategy (Gandossy, 2003) and this very agility of the organization needs to be linked with information system (IS) agility (Rouse, 2007).

Using the dynamic capability perspective, it can be said that the agility of the firms equips them with necessary capabilities to effectively compete in the dynamic business environments (Fourn´e, Jansen and Mom, 2014; Weber and Tarba, 2014). As the agility of the firms is concerned with economies of scope, rather than economies of scale (Dove, 2001), the agile organizations are nimble and charactterized by capability to respond quickly and gracefully to both expected and unexpected events in their environment (Mathiassen and Pries-Heje, 2006). Moreover, the agile firms integrate knowledge from around the world to fuel continuous innovation (Wilson and Doz, 2011) and are able to create dynamic portfolios of products, services or business models in order to outmaneuver competitors (Dyer and Ericksen, 2005) which clearly results in linking agility to the knowledge-based view of the firm (Junni, Sarala, Tarba and Weber, 2015).

The aforementioned literature on big data vis-a-vis knowledge management and firm performance suggests to the need for microfoundations of big data uses in management of knowledge for superior firm performance. This Special Section on “Microfoundations of Information System Agility, Knowledge Management and Firm Performance ” in JKM has envisaged following areas, but not restricted to, where empirical papers are sought that offer thorugh a robust methodological perspective and enquiry into:

  •  Agile decision making organizational culture
  • Dynamic capabilities and firm competitiveness
  •  Firm absorptive capacity and big data
  •  HR systems, IS agility and firm performance
  •  Information system agility and firm performance
  •  Information system agility and value creation
  •  Information technology capability and organizational agility
  •  Innovation, knowledge creation and information system agility
  •  IS agility and firm performance
  •  Knowledge management strategy and firm competitiveness
  •  Knowledge management, organizational agility, and firm performance
  •  Management of knowledge workers in agile organization
  •  Network of collaborators, knowledge creations and management
  •  Organizational capability, knowledge integration and firm performance
  •  Organizational design, people analytics and knowledge management
  •  Organizational flexibility and ambidexterity
  •  Paradoxical leadership, KM architecture and firm strategic agility
  •  Supply chain agility and business performance
  • Technology, strategy and firm performance

Important Dates:
Paper Submission Deadline: July 31, 2018
Publication: November/December 2018

Guidelines on Paper Submission:
The papers submitted for this Special Section (SS) of the Journal of Knowledge Management (JKM) will initially be desk reviewed by a Guest Editor and when found suitable, it will be assigned for rigorous review by a qualified team of academicians. Successful papers in this Special Issue should demnostrate strong academic discourse combined with robust methodological approach will be consididered during the peer review processes. Needless to say, all works submmitted to this SS in JKM need to be original.

  •  Submissions to the Journal of Knowledge Management are made using ScholarOne Manuscripts, the online submission and peer review system. Registration and access is available through

Guest Editors:

Please feel free to discuss your manuscript ideas with any of the following guest editors:
1. Dr. Sanjay Kumar Singh
College of Business, Abu Dhabi University, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Email: [email protected]

2. Dr. Angappa Gunasekaran Dean and Professor, School of Business & Public Administration California State University, Bakersfield, California, USA Email: [email protected]

3. Dr. Samuel FOSSO WAMBA Professor, IS and Data Science
Department of Information, Operations and Management Science
Toulouse Business School, France
Email: [email protected]

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Dyer, L. and Ericksen, J. (2005), “In pursuit of marketplace agility: applying precepts of self-organizing systems to optimize human resource scalability”, Human Resource Management, 44: 183–188.
Fourn´e, S.P.L., Jansen, J.J.P. and Mom, T.J.M. (2014), “Strategic agility in MNEs: managing tensions to capture opportunities across emerging and established markets”, California Management, Review, 56: 13–38.
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