Constructing and Sustaining Competitive Interorganizational Knowledge Networks – Information Systems Management

I have authored a paper along with R. Hackney and Z. Irani, which appears in the current issue of Information Systems Management

Abstract: The research in this paper considers the complex and dynamic arrangements for potential and actual knowledge sharing in interorganizational networks. The essence of this stance is that “knowledge” relates to affirmative managerial action beyond the necessary collection of information facilitated through technology. The issue is to determine the nature and extent of the degree of organizational agreement that may be achieved as competitors either cooperate or continue to compete in the face of challenging and pervasive market conditions. The theory relating to network formulation is reviewed, findings from empirical analyses from the experiences from automobile distributors in a large USA city, and one scientific collaborators network are presented. A framework is proposed identifying the factors necessary to initially construct the network and then to further sustain it over time. A number of lessons learned are developed, which are believed to be of value to researchers and practitioners engaged in these processes.
Ray Hackney; Kevin C. Desouza; Zahir Irani, Constructing and Sustaining Competitive Interorganizational Knowledge Networks: An Analysis of Managerial Web-Based Facilitation, Information Systems Management, 25 ( 4), 2008, 356 - 363.

The neglected dimension in strategic sourcing: security – Strategic Outsourcing: An International Journal

I have authored an opinion piece that appears in the current issue Strategic Outsourcing: An International Journal.

The neglected dimension in strategic sourcing: security

Structured Abstract
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to focus on a neglected dimension in strategic sourcing – security; Design/methodology/approach – The paper describes two vignettes which illustrate different kinds of security breaches and discusses securing strategic sourcing efforts; Findings – The paper points to the need to seriously consider the security dimension in sourcing agreements; Originality/value – This paper will hopefully raise awareness to the security dimension in the context of strategic sourcing.


A New Work Force Wave: Managing Millennials (See beyond the stereotypes of the ‘Me Generation’ to harness creativity)

I was recently interviewed for an article on innovation by Colin Simpson of the Bellingham Business Journal. To retrieve the article, please click here [LINK]. As I continue to study innovation practices in high-technology organizations, I continue to be amazed by the innovative capacities of the ‘Me Generation’….