Power Distribution of IT Executives in the TMT: When Should It Be Equal?

D.K. Nguyen, Thijs Broekhuizen, John Qi Dong, Peter Verhoef

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The role of the top management team (TMT) and IT executives in organizing and leading digital innovation are increasingly recognized. However, past studies often focus on the role of IT expertise of TMT members. Relative power and interactions of the elite members remain under-researched. In this study, we draw on the literature on power distribution in the TMT to investigate the impact of power dispersion between IT executives and the TMT on digital innovation. We theorize that power dispersion has a non-linear, inverted U-shaped relation to digital innovation. Further, we introduce the moderating role of two relevant expertise of the IT executives, technological expertise and firm-specific expertise. Using panel data from US firms belonging to the list of top innovators, we find support for our theory. Our study offers potential contributions to the digital innovation literature as well as to research in IS leadership.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Conference on Information Systems
PublisherAIS Electronic Library
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)978-1-958200-04-9
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Information Systems - Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 9 Dec 202214 Dec 2022


ConferenceInternational Conference on Information Systems
Abbreviated titleICIS 2022
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