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Enhancing Organisational Competitiveness Via Social Media - a Strategy as Practice Perspective

Shirumisha Kwayu (), Banita Lal () and Mumin Abubakre ()
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Shirumisha Kwayu: Nottingham Trent University
Banita Lal: Nottingham Trent University
Mumin Abubakre: Nottingham Trent University

Information Systems Frontiers, 2018, vol. 20, issue 3, No 3, 439-456

Abstract: Abstract The affordances, popularity and pervasive use of social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have made these platforms attractive to organisations for enhancing their competitiveness and creating business value. Despite this apparent significance of social media for businesses, they are struggling with the development of a social media strategy as well as understanding the implications of social media on practice within their organisations. This paper explores how social media has become a tool for competitiveness and its influence on organisational strategy and practice. Using the ‘strategy as practice’ lens and guided by the interpretivist philosophy, this paper uses the empirical case of a telecom organisation in Tanzania. The findings show that social media is influencing competitiveness through imitation and product development. Also, the findings indicate how social media affects the practices within an organisation, consequently making the social media strategy an emergent phenomenon.

Keywords: Social media strategy; Competitiveness; Strategy as practice theory (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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