Digital transformation during a lockdown

Fletcher, G ORCID: and Griffiths, M ORCID: 2020, 'Digital transformation during a lockdown' , International Journal of Information Management, 55 , p. 102185.

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These are indeed exceptional and historic times, a global pandemic and public health emergency sitting side by side with heightened public awareness of the injustices of decades of institutional racism. This article considers the current pandemic and lockdown period through a VUCA lens and offers reflection on how the pandemic revealed the fragility of digitally immature organisations. VUCA, a managerial catchall acronym for Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity is a litmus test for recognising unpredictable external environments. We offer business leaders a caveat, it is dangerous to ignore the impact of VUCA on the smooth functioning of an organisation. In terms of digital transformation during lockdown this article offers three key lessons that can so far be discerned from the pandemic period, firstly organisations must improve their digital maturity, secondly, less digitally mature organisations are more fragile and finally organisations with higher levels of digital maturity are generally more flexible.

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Additional Information: ** Article version: AM ** Embargo end date: 31-12-9999 ** From Elsevier via Jisc Publications Router ** Licence for AM version of this article: This article is under embargo with an end date yet to be finalised. **Journal IDs: issn 02684012 **History: issue date 03-07-2020; accepted 15-06-2020
Schools: Schools > Salford Business School
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Information Management
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0268-4012
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Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2020 13:12
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 16:35

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