Turning dust to gold: how to increase inimitability of enterprise systems

Sachithra Lokuge, Darshana Sedera

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There is an on-going debate over the long-term value propositions of enterprise systems (ES) for competitive advantage, with many arguing that ES have lost their potential to contribute to competitive advantage in the contemporary hyper-competitive markets. While acknowledging that an ES is a valuable, rare and non-substitutable resource that is common to all competitors, it is further questionable how ES contribute to competitive advantage. Using the fourth characteristic of the resource-based view, we investigate how inimitability of ES can contribute to competitiveness. Using qualitative evidence from nine case studies this study derives three conditions that facilitate ES to be inimitable.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPACIS 2017 Proceedings
EditorsShamshul Bahri, Patrick Finnegan, Sia Choon Ling
Place of PublicationAtlanta GA USA
PublisherAssociation for Information Systems
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
EventPacific Asia Conference on Information Systems 2017 - Langkawi, Malaysia
Duration: 16 Jul 201720 Jul 2017
Conference number: 21st


ConferencePacific Asia Conference on Information Systems 2017
Abbreviated titlePACIS 2017
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