Red Queen competition—implies that an entity (such as an organization, market offering, or system) must evolve progressively faster just to keep up with its cohort of rivals.
This work sparks a conversation around why evolvable synthetic systems and the organizations that they create are increasingly inseparable from the IS discipline, and opportunities for research where IS can play a pivotal role.
- Strategic exploitation of IT with a goal of creating even temporary market advantages requires systems to be inherently evolvable.
- Embedded software is making nontechnology industries increasingly indistinguishable from the IT Industry
- Internet-of-Things explodes both distributedness and scale of Information Systems
Three uncharted spaces for IS research
- Designing Systems for Disassembly, Not Just Integration
- develop a deeper understanding of the dynamic reapportionment of an IT system between apps and infrastructure over time
- how the technological structure of a system enables and constrains organizational adaptation, and into its interplay with previously studied organizational properties
- Architecture Is the DNA of Systems, Unchangeable Yet Preordaining
- Architecture and modularity
- Real options thinking
- Inferring Systems Evolvability
- Long-term and short-term
- Operational and Strategic
- This work started the article by discussing some phenomenon, but the suggestions to IS researchers are mainly around platforms. However, the evolvable systems are not only about apps and platforms. For example, when nonIT industry is trying to incorporate IT into the existing structure, what challenges will be for the evolvable system?
- The “ephemeral competitive advantage” is not clearly explained in this article.
- A suggestion to the research areas that IS could examine is the interaction between nonIT and IT industries.