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Publication date: 15 May 2009

Clay Dibrell, Peter S. Davis and Justin B. Craig

This paper aims to provide new evidence regarding the firm performance implications of using temporal orientation (time pacing) and information technology (IT) to align an…

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Purpose

This paper aims to provide new evidence regarding the firm performance implications of using temporal orientation (time pacing) and information technology (IT) to align an organization with its task environment.

Design/methodology/approach

Using questionnaire data provided by top management team members, the results indicate that time‐based strategies (i.e. time pacing) and IT mediate the effects of environmental disruptions on performance. To validate the scales and to test the hypothesized model of relationships, the study employs structural equation modeling through LISREL 8.52, as it is able to examine both the measurement and structural model simultaneously while including individual errors for the respective parameters.

Findings

The results suggest that time pacing should be used in association with IT, as time pacing had a much stronger relationship to environmental disruptions than did IT. This finding supports that a time pacing orientation is effective at helping managers react to disruptions in their task environment. In relation to firm performance, IT was directly linked to firm performance; whereas time pacing was only indirectly associated with firm performance.

Practical implications

The findings suggest that the application of time pacing strategies enables managers to increase firm performance via IT. The results therefore suggest that managers should not assess their use of temporally‐based mechanisms (e.g. time pacing, IT temporality) and IT in isolation, but rather consider them in conjunction. This recommendation is consistent with findings elsewhere that components of strategy may need to be cohesive and integrative and require a supportive firm structure if they are to have their greatest effects on firm performance.

Originality/value

The study extends the research on temporal strategies and IT as mechanisms for offsetting environmental pressures and improving firm performance. It alerts managers to the notion that time pacing will enable them to generate improved firm performance and competitive advantage, through the synchronistic use of IT.

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Journal of Strategy and Management, vol. 2 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1755-425X

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Article
Publication date: 1 October 2001

Timothy L. Pett and C. Clay Dibrell

Develops a conceptual framework of global strategic alliances by using the hybrid type of organization as part of the framework. The framework illustrates the relationships of…

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Develops a conceptual framework of global strategic alliances by using the hybrid type of organization as part of the framework. The framework illustrates the relationships of various characteristics that might be present in an industry and across national boundaries that would influence alliance participation. The model developed here is based on four echelons, the exploratory, recurrent, relational, and outcome stages. Concludes with some general comments on the proposed global strategic alliance framework.

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Business Process Management Journal, vol. 7 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1463-7154

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Article
Publication date: 1 December 1998

Toru Sakaguchi and C. Clay Dibrell

With the increasing convergence of international markets, a greater number of firms are entering the global arena. As these firms compete in the global marketplace, they utilize…

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With the increasing convergence of international markets, a greater number of firms are entering the global arena. As these firms compete in the global marketplace, they utilize information technology to formulate and implement strategies and to control and coordinate their resources. This increased dependence on information technology by the firm leads to the following question: how do firms measure the value of a global information system to the performance of the firm? Ideally, information technology would be evaluated based on its degree of strategic use through a firm’s performance. However, the resulting benefits of IT as a utility in performance are generally difficult to identify. First, this paper attempts to conceptualize the intensity of global information technology usage by constructing a new instrument measuring IT investment, strategic importance of the IT and degree of IT training. Second, the paper formulates and submits a pilot test of a holistic model of the relationship between the intensity of global information technology usage and a firm’s global strategy and performance.

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Industrial Management & Data Systems, vol. 98 no. 8
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0263-5577

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Article
Publication date: 1 November 1997

Marilyn M. Helms, Clay Dibrell and Peter Wright

Synthesizes the contributions of a number of scholars on competitive strategies. Discusses several imperfections in the literature. Submits three propositions for empirical…

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Synthesizes the contributions of a number of scholars on competitive strategies. Discusses several imperfections in the literature. Submits three propositions for empirical testing in a fragmented industry ‐ the adhesives and sealants industry. The results of the investigation suggest that business units which compete with the low cost strategy and differentiation strategy have higher ROIs than enterprises which compete with low costs only or differentiation only. As a group, however, the high profit firms are not significantly larger in size than the groups of low profit companies studied. Thus, what is elaborated is that competing with both strategies may involve benefits that are not based on advantages of larger market shares and scale economies.

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Management Decision, vol. 35 no. 9
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0025-1747

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Article
Publication date: 1 August 2002

C. Clay Dibrell and Thomas R. Miller

Drawing from an information processing perspective, this paper examines how information technology (IT) has been a catalyst in the development of new forms of organizational…

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Drawing from an information processing perspective, this paper examines how information technology (IT) has been a catalyst in the development of new forms of organizational structures. The article draws a historical linkage between the relative stability of an organization’s task environment starting after the Second World War to the present environmental instability that now characterizes many industries. Specifically, the authors suggest that advances in IT have enabled managers to adapt existing forms and create new models for organizational design that better fit requirements of an unstable environment. Time has seemingly borne out this hypothesis as the bureaucratic structure evolved to the matrix to the network and now to the emerging shadow structure. IT has gone from a support mechanism to a substitute for organizational structures in the form of the shadow structure. The article suggests that the evolving and expanding role of IT will continue for organizations that face unstable environments.

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Management Decision, vol. 40 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0025-1747

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Article
Publication date: 8 June 2012

Peter S. Davis, Joseph A. Allen and Clay Dibrell

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the effect of strategy messages emanating from both top and middle/supervisory managers regarding five different aspects of strategy on…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the effect of strategy messages emanating from both top and middle/supervisory managers regarding five different aspects of strategy on strategic awareness among boundary personnel.

Design/methodology/approach

The results come from a survey of bank tellers and customer service representatives within a single large regional bank.

Findings

The findings support a differential main effect on strategic awareness among boundary personnel depending on the source of messages, whether top management or middle management. More interestingly, there appears to be an interaction effect between the two sources regarding which will be the dominant information source for boundary personnel.

Research limitations/implications

The survey data were collected within a single banking institution at one time point.

Practical implications

The results provide useful information concerning the efficacy of messages concerning strategy from middle and top management in organizations.

Originality/value

The paper extends past research by investigating different levels of strategic understanding within the firm across different levels and determining information dissemination strategies for increasing the level of strategic awareness among boundary personnel.

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Leadership & Organization Development Journal, vol. 33 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0143-7739

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Article
Publication date: 1 January 2012

This article aims to review the latest management developments across the globe and pinpoint practical implications from cutting‐edge research and case studies.

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Purpose

This article aims to review the latest management developments across the globe and pinpoint practical implications from cutting‐edge research and case studies.

Design/methodology/approach

The briefing is prepared by an independent writer who adds their own impartial comments and places the articles in context.

Findings

Strategic design is increasingly at the heart of organizations' corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives. Immediate evidence of this, as Koo and Cooper point out, can be seen in the way that the term is heard increasingly these days in the business world. In other words, a previously philanthropic term has become an ever more strategic one.

Practical implications

The article provides strategic insights and practical thinking that have influenced some of the world's leading organizations.

Originality/value

The briefing saves busy executives and researchers hours of reading time by selecting only the very best, most pertinent information and presenting it in a condensed and easy‐to‐digest format.

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Strategic Direction, vol. 28 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0258-0543

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Publication date: 7 November 2008

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International Journal of Wine Business Research, vol. 20 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1751-1062

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Education + Training, vol. 59 no. 7/8
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0040-0912

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Publication date: 13 November 2007

Ulrich R. Orth

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International Journal of Wine Business Research, vol. 19 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1751-1062

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