We analyze the effect of IT competence on management's support for novel technology when facing environmentally-induced pressures. We argue that competent managers are less prone to the effects of mimicry in turbulent environments. We aim to evaluate our hypotheses with a study on blockchain technology in the energy sector, which has recently been particularly affected by rapid changes and uncertainty. Apart from the theoretical contribution, this project has several potential implications for practice. For instance, organizations may be able to increase their resilience in turbulent environments by investing in management's IT competence.
Albrecht, Simon; Gust, Gunther; Strüker, Jens; and Neumann, Dirk, (2019). "MANAGEMENT'S IT COMPETENCE IN TURBULENT MARKET ENVIRONMENTS". In Proceedings of the 27th European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS), Stockholm & Uppsala, Sweden, June 8-14, 2019. ISBN 978-1-7336325-0-8 Research-in-Progress Papers.