This paper analyses the relationship between information technology use (IT) and competitive advantage. Previous empirical research shows that IT improves competitive advantage when it acts together with some human or managerial resources of an intangible nature. In this work we propose a new complementary resource to IT: democratic ownership structure. We empirically analyse whether ownership structure and IT have a positive, combined impact on competitive advantage. Results show that ownership structure is a key element in explaining competitive advantage differences. Nonetheless, we did not find any IT-ownership structure complementary effect.
Bruque-Camara, Sebastian; Fuentes, Jose Moyano; Hernandez-Ortiz, M. Jesus; and Vargas-Sanchez, Alfonso, "Information Technology and Competitive Advantage: The Role of the Ownership Structure" (2003). ECIS 2003 Proceedings. 6.