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Understanding (Digital) Transformation

Martin Gersch and Janina Sundermeier

Journal of Competences, Strategy & Management, 2019, vol. 10, 1-3

Abstract: “Digital transformation” is one of the latest buzzwords. Often described as “fast”, “radical”, “fundamental”, or “game changing” reveals the importance, scope and pace of this phenomenon as an ongoing change process which cannot be ignored by scholars. Apart from the political, demographic, social and ecological challenges they trigger, the changes brought about by digital technologies represent huge challenges to institutions, as well as organizations in both traditional and emerging industries, and to society as a whole. Yet, to advance our understanding of the processes and consequences of digital transformation, we still lack a general consensus regarding the basic scientific foundations required for its study. This present issue seeks to identify some of these challenges and presents the various solutions that different economic actors have developed so far to cope with the uncertainties resulting from digital transformation. The aim this volume of the JCSM is to advance scholarly reflection on and understanding of digital transformation, especially in relation to Competences, Strategy and Management. Following a call for paper in December 2017, we were delighted to receive more than 20 proposals. After at least two rounds of rigorous double-blind reviewing, six articles have been accepted for publication.

Keywords: digital transformation; organizational transformation; market transformation; market-shaping capabilities; dynamic capabilities; industrial sales; qualitative research; digital business model innovation; dynamic capabilities; organizationalagility; absorptive capacity; digital business models; ambidexterity; network ties; R&D middle managers; exploitation; exploration; symbolic interactionism; social organization; story; process organization studies; organizational competence (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: M15 O30 L14 M13 O31 O32 O33 L26 L81 M14 M53 Z13 L81 M53 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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Journal of Competences, Strategy & Management is currently edited by Prof. Dr. Klaus Bellmann, University of Mainz, Germany, Prof. Dr. Christoph Burmann, University of Bremen, Germany, Prof. Dr. Jörg Freiling, University of Bremen, Germany (Editor-in-Chief), Prof. Dr. Hans-Georg Gemünden, Technical University of Berlin, Germany, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang H. Güttel, University of Linz, Austria, Prof. Dr. Hans H. Hinterhuber, University of Innsbruck, Austria, Interim Prof. Dr. Sven M. Laudien, University of Magdeburg, Germany, Prof. Dr. Dietrich von der Oelsnitz, Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany, Prof. Dr. Heike Proff, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, Prof. Dr. Christoph Rasche, University of Potsdam, Germany, Prof. Dr. Michael Stephan, University of Marburg, Germany and Prof. Dr. Erich Zahn, University of Stuttgart, Germany

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