IT Strategy and Management


In today’s highly dynamic and uncertain environment, peripheral vision is critical for organizational survival and prosperity.In accessing complex and ambiguous information, managers often resort to personal sources. While IT is found to improvethe quality and quantity of information from well-structured databases and knowledge systems, its role in facilitating accessof personal information is less clear. This paper examines how social media use impacts on managers’ social networks andthereby gives them competitive advantages in peripheral vision. We propose that active social media use can improvemanagers’ position in the network and strengthen the social relationships with their contacts, which then grant them a set ofinformational benefits. These informational benefits further help enhance managers’ peripheral vision.