A new dualistic CIO toolbox: Towards ambidexterity in the digital business transformation

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  • Riitta Bekkhus
  • Petri Hallikainen

Research units

  • Aalto University
  • University of Sydney


By transferring organizational learning concepts into the IT context, this paper provides a new behavior oriented foundation for managing IT organizations in the digital business transformation. As a practical contribution, the paper introduces a new management toolbox which supports Chief Information Officers (CIOs) to lead their Information Technology (IT) organizations towards ambidexterity in the digital business transformation. The organizational ambidexterity is required for the digital business transformation in order to contribute innovativeness while simultaneously assuring effective operational IT environment. The toolbox is constructed using the systematic concept analysis and the concept derivation methods to convert the organizational learning concepts into the dualistic CIO toolbox. The toolbox includes a set of traditional Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to assure operational effectiveness and a set of leadership principles to enable an innovative and experimental organizational behaviour. The application of the new dualistic CIO toolbox is illustrated through hypothetical cases.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Conference of the Portuguese Chapter of the Association of Information Systems (CAPSI)
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventConferência da Associação Portuguesa de Sistemas de Informação - Guimarães, Portugal
Duration: 6 Jun 20177 Jun 2017
Conference number: 17

Publication series

NameAtas da Conferencia da Associacao Portuguesa de Sistemas de Informacao
ISSN (Electronic)2183-489X


ConferenceConferência da Associação Portuguesa de Sistemas de Informação
Abbreviated titleCAPSI

    Research areas

  • Ambidexterity, CIO, Digital Business Transformation, IT Management

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