From the Editor.

I introduce this issue with a new format, which allows inclusion of more content. I hope this new format enhances your reading pleasure and provides additional value to you by delivering an increased number of articles. Below, I present a brief summary of the eight articles and two columns included. In the first article, entitled “Examining Comparative Shopping Agents from Two Types of Search Results,” the authors Zhongming Ma, Kun Liao, and Johnny Jiung-Yee Lee conduct a study examining comparative shopping agents (CSAs) on the basis of organic and paid search results in terms of the number of CSAs, number of vendors, lowest and average prices, and price dispersion. The second article, “The Effect of IT Governance Maturity on IT Governance Performance,” authored by Mårten Simonsson, Pontus Johnson, and Mathias Ekstedt, presents the results of 35 case studies that confirm a positive correlation between IT governance maturity and IT governance performance. In the third article, “Linking the Effects of ERP to Organizational Performance: Development and Initial Validation of an Evaluation Method,” the authors Sylvestre Uwizeyemungu and Louis Raymond propose and test an applicable method to evaluate the contribution of an ERP system to organizational performance. In the fourth article, entitled “From Governance to Adaptability: The Mediating Effect of IT Executives’ Managerial Capabilities,” authors Tsipi Heart, Hanan Maoz, and Nava Pliskin, find that the managerial capabilities of IT executives play a significant role in shaping IT-enabled adaptability. The authors conclude that organizations should emphasize the development of managerial capabilities of IT executives to effectively implement business and IT governance towards achieving IT-enabled enterprise adaptability. Boris Jukic and Nenad Jukic present a case study exploring the conceptualization of processes and systems at multiple levels of complexity in system adoption in the fifth article, “Information System Planning and Decision Making Framework: A Case Study.” The case study illustrates a framework that outlines the flow of conceptualization efforts during system adoption and implementation. The sixth article, “Balanced Scorecard Implementation of Security Strategies: A Framework for IT Security Performance Management,” authored by Tejaswini Herath, Hemantha Herath, and Wayne G. Bremser, presents a conceptual framework for strategic implementation of IT security using a balanced scorecard approach. The framework features four perspectives: business value, stakeholder orientation, internal processes perspective, and future readiness. In the seventh article, “Organizational Ecology Success Factors in the Business: A Case Study at Fingerhut Inc.,” authors Dien D. Phan, Mark B. Schmidt, and Jim Q. Chen apply the concepts of ecology and biology, by applying the Verhulst-Perl (VP) ecological logistic growth model, to the life cycle of e-commerce enterprises. In the final article, “Information Systems Offshore Outsourcing: An Exploratory Study of Motivations and Risks in Large Spanish Firms,” authors Reyes Gonzalez, Jose Gasco, and Juan Llopis discuss the risks associated with offshore outsourcing related to the geographical and cultural differences that it creates. The paper develops a typology of firms based on specific motivations and risks associated with offshore outsourcing in large Spanish firms. In the first of the two columns, BookISMs, Paul Gray reviews three books, covering diverse topics, all published by Harvard Business Press. In the second column, Through a Glass, Darkly, Robert L. Glass expresses support for three obscure things in our field. I invite you to read his lively column and decide if you agree with him.

Main Author: Sipior, Janice C.
Format: Villanova Faculty Authorship
Language: English
Published: 2010
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