The use and proliferation of digital technologies have created drastic shifts in the way in which organizations buy and sell goods and services, and integrate their supply chain and delivery systems. Digital technologies have also resulted in the fundamental transformations in the structure form, and governance of organizations. Today, information technology and networks represent the critical infrastructure on which corporations and the economy depend not only for the execution of operations, but also increasingly for the formulation of strategy and for competitive differentiation. Although some companies are very successful in discovering and cultivating innovative technology-enable business strategies, many fail in the process. Managers must learn to manage enterprises in a net-centric environment, exploit the enabling role of digital technologies in transforming business and work group and individual processes, and extract the maximum strategic and tactical advantage based on the use of information. Making fashionable investments without systematically analyzing needs and without understanding how to adopt these new technologies in accordance with their company’s situation is irresponsible.
Ramiro Montealegre is Associate Professor of Information Systems at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration (management information systems) from Harvard Business School and a master’s degree in computer science from Carleton University in Canada. Professor Montealegre’s research focuses on the interplay between new digital technologies and organization transformation in highly uncertain environments. He has been involved in studying projects of organizational change in the United States, China, India, Canada, Spain, Mexico, and the Central and South American regions. He has received the MCB University Press’ Award for the «Most Outstanding» paper published in the Journal of Information Technology & People; and the «Best Paper» Award of the Organizational Communication and Information Systems Division of the Academy of Management.