Revisiting the Impact of Information Systems Architecture Complexity: A Complex Adaptive Systems Perspective

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Abstract

Organizations constantly adapt their Information Systems (IS) architecture to reflect changes in their environment. In general, such adaptations steadily increase the complexity of their IS architecture, thereby negatively impacting IS efficiency and IS flexibility. Based on a Complex Adaptive Systems (CAS) perspective, we present a more differentiated analysis of the impact of IS architecture complexity. We hypothesize the relation between IS architecture complexity on the one hand, and IS efficiency and IS flexibility on the other hand to be mediated by evolutionary and revolutionary IS change. Subsequently, we test our hypotheses through a partial least squares (PLS) approach to structural equation modelling (SEM) based on survey data from 185 respondents. We find that the direct negative impact of IS architecture complexity on IS efficiency and IS flexibility is no longer statistically relevant when also considering the mediating effects of revolutionary and evolutionary IS change.

Authors Schilling, Raphael; Beese, Jannis; Haki, Kazem; Aier, Stephan & Winter, Robert
Research Team ACG, IWI1
Projects Winter, Prof. Dr. Robert; Aier, Prof. Dr. Stephan; Haki, Prof. Dr. Kazem; Brosius, Maximilian & Schilling, Raphael (2016) Dynamics of Institutional Mechanisms in Enterprise-wide Information Systems Architecture [fundamental research project]
Language English
Keywords Information System Architecture, Complex Adaptive Systems, Evolutionary IS Change, Revolutionary IS Change, IS Efficiency, IS Flexibility
Subjects information management
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
HSG Profile Area SoM - Business Innovation
Date 10 December 2017
Event Title Thirty Eighth International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2017)
Event Location Seoul, South Korea
Event Dates 10.-13.12.2017
Contact Email Address raphael.schilling@unisg.ch
Depositing User Dr. Raphael Schilling
Date Deposited 10 Nov 2017 08:54
Last Modified 12 Oct 2018 09:12
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/252518

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Schilling, Raphael; Beese, Jannis; Haki, Kazem; Aier, Stephan & Winter, Robert: Revisiting the Impact of Information Systems Architecture Complexity: A Complex Adaptive Systems Perspective. 2017. - Thirty Eighth International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2017). - Seoul, South Korea.

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