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Title:Essays on antecedents and consequences of cloud computing capabilities in organizations: an empirical analysis of field data
Author(s):Guo, Rui
Director of Research:Subramanyam, Ramanath
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Subramanyam, Ramanath; Shaw, Michael J.
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Larson, Eric C.; Tafti, Ali
Department / Program:Business Administration
Discipline:Business Administration
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Cloud computing
Firm performance
Business value of IT
Abstract:Cloud computing is widely recognized as a potential disruptive paradigm that changes how IT is consumed and business is conducted in various industries. Managerial and academic literature has shown that cloud computing may benefit firms in various ways such as cost savings, fast project development, and business innovation. Nevertheless, there are many different interpretations and perceptions of cloud computing about how to better prepare for and use it in the information systems (IS) literature. A systematic analysis is necessary to clarify the equivocal issues around cloud computing and guide managers to better understand and utilize cloud computing in practice. This dissertation addresses several important relationships around cloud computing using theoretical models and empirical data as a representation of how the questions about cloud computing may be investigated in the IS literature and how the findings may benefit organizations in using cloud computing. Therefore, the dissertation comprises three connected chapters that address one important antecedent of cloud computing adoption – internal IT modularity within firms and two important consequences – firm performance and strategic alliance formation. It is found that in order to better prepare for cloud computing adoption, firm users can do something themselves by modularizing their internal IT systems. Firms also need to know whether and how cloud computing, after all, can benefit their firm performance or other activities such as strategic alliance formation. The findings show that cloud computing overall and its various specific cloud services may promote firm performance directly or complementarily with internal enterprise resources. Cloud computing and its specific cloud services may also exert different effects on strategic alliance formation. This dissertation systematically addresses the issues around cloud computing in the IS literature and sheds lights on how such a study can be applied to help managers and decision makers in industries to better understand and use cloud computing to achieve their business goals.
Issue Date:2016-06-17
Rights Information:Copyright 2016 Rui Guo
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-11-10
Date Deposited:2016-08

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