The Impacts of Information Technology and Managerial Proactiveness in Building Net-Enabled Organizational Resilience

  • Lih-Bin Oh
  • Hock-Hai Teo
Part of the IFIP International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT, volume 206)


The ability of an organization to generate variety is important for enhancing its organizational resilience when faced with volatilities from the environment. Using the context of integrated multichannel net-enabled retail organizations, we conceptualized organizational resilience as a higher-order capability comprising of two capabilities in terms of innovativeness and agility. Innovativeness reflects the scope aspect while agility represents the speed aspect of resilience. Based on a survey of 125 net-enabled retail organizations, we found that high levels of information technology capability and managerial proactiveness both significantly enhance organizational resilience. In addition, more resilient organizations perform better under turbulent environments. The construction of metrics to measure organizational resilience and the development of a structural model to elucidate the resilience building process and its performance consequences provide useful managerial and research implications.


Information technology managerial proactiveness net-enabled organization multichannel retailing organizational resilience innovative capability agility capability 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lih-Bin Oh
    • 1
  • Hock-Hai Teo
    • 1
  1. 1.National University of SingaporeSingapore

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