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AIS In Practice:
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Responding to Cybersecurity Challenges: Securing Vulnerable U.S. Emergency Alert Systems

Problem:

  • U.S. emergency alert systems (EASs) comprise an important portion of the nation’s critical infrastructure.
  • EASs are built on aging technology platforms and suffer from a fragmented interconnected network of public-private-government partnerships.
  • Some EASs are vulnerable through a management interface that is available via an Internet-accessible website.
  • EASs typically have no vulnerability disclosure policies, which makes reporting problems a difficult endeavor.

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How an Enterprise Blockchain Application in the U.S. Pharmaceuticals Supply Chain is Saving Lives

Problem:

A case study examined the progress of a MediLedger, a blockchain-based pharmaceutical supply chain system. The team focused on how blockchain applications can be used in the enterprise context, how they can add value, and what drives their adoption. Through interviews the team discovered how the project developed over time and how the developers solved the challenges that arose. Four lessons provide guidance to other firms.

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The Role of Knowledge Management in the Relationship between IT Capability and Interorganizational Performance – An Empirical Investigation

Problem:

Research has long posited that the relationship between IT and performance can be explained by investigating overlooked key capabilities that are enabled by IT. These connections are especially not well understood in an inter-organizational (IO) context.

Firms that develop competency in managing knowledge resources across their supply chains are rewarded with higher economic benefits. A major challenge in managing IO knowledge are the competing, and often conflicting, goals of firms in the partnership. The key to dealing with this challenge may lie in the use of IT to enable better inter-firm relationships.

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The Magical "We": Enhancing Collaboration Transparency in Grounded Theory Method in Information Systems Research

Problem:

Grounded theory (GTM) research aims at understanding practice issues from observing it. When researchers collaborate and use GTM, they often report their research method by stating "we did the research." This, however, does not clarify how they reconciled differences in the researchers' viewpoints and their omitted descriptions may lessen the quality of the study, possibly resulting even incorrect conclusions. Omitting details can make it difficult to observe and assess collaborative work.

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How a Low-Margin Business Cocreated Analytics Value through an Innovation Partnership

Problem:

Business unit managers often feel they need to start analytics initiatives to remain competitive. Given the budget constraints placed on business units, including the internal IT business unit, managers have to find innovative ways to pay for the analytics initiatives. Since IT departments are cost centers, this leads to business unit managers trying to launch analytics initiatives outside the purview of the internal IT department. This trend is called shadow IT. 

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How TradeLens Delivers Business Value with Blockchain Technology

Problem:

A longitudinal case study provides a rare glimpse into the development and evolution of TradeLens from 2013 to 2019. Data were collected from several sources, including interviews, conferences, focus groups, direct observation, project meetings, and field visits. The business value of this global supply chain system is still evolving, but seven valuable lessons provide guidance for future blockchain projects with interorganizational boundaries.

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Building a Blockchain Application that Complies with the EU General Data Protection Regulation

Problem:

The researchers attempted to find out if the regulations of GDPR conflicted with the features and benefits of blockchain technology. They gathered evidence from workshops, meetings, documents, and interviews. The outcome is that third-party services that provide permissioned pseudonyms are indeed able to avoid storing personal information yet provide the shared ledgers needed for blockchains.

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Pricing or advertising? A game-theoretic analysis of online retailing

Problem:

Pricing and advertisement are two of the most important instruments for online retailers (e-tailers) to attract and compete for customers. At the same time, these two dimensions have a considerable impact on the costs and profitability of such firms. Knowing such strategies and their impacts is key in maintaining competitive advantage. In order to attract customers, it is essential to consider not only consumer behavior and market segment, but also competitor`s strategic response.

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What successful online petitions have in common

Problem:

Online petitions play an increasingly important role in the political life of many countries. They are a powerful tool for motivating political change, allowing people to easily participate in the political discourse and eventually influence policy- and decision making. Despite their growing popularity, the success rate of online petitions is still regrettably low.


To better understand what differentiates successful from unsuccessful petitions, this paper investigates how textual information in online petitions influences their success and the level of support they receive. On a higher level this knowledge can help to better understand the dissemination and consumption of online content in the field of e-politics.

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The Impact of System Use on Task Performance

Problem:

It is widely accepted that information systems have an influence on performance. However, literature is still in disagreement about the strength and direction of the influence. Does system use affects users’ task performance positively, negatively, or insignificantly? This knowledge gap makes it difficult for us to understand the deeper interrelations between system use and task performance.


The unresolved situation makes it hard for practitioners to justify IT investments by expected improvement of task performance. Furthermore, it is not clear how systems should ideally be used in order to maximize task performance and consequently create most value through system use.

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