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Digital transformation and strategic agility during the COVID-19 crisis: the role of the intangible capital conversion

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Purpose The purpose of the current study is to illustrate the importance of strategic agility (SA), the capacity to respond agilely to a rapidly changing environment, for digitally transforming firms during the COVID-19 crisis. A secondary purpose of the study is to conceptually frame SA as a function of the creative to realized intangible capital (IC) ratio. Design/methodology/approach To inferentially corroborate the hypothesis, this study exploits the results of a recent firm-level survey, conducted under the H2020 project GlobalInto (2021). Via OLS and ordered logistic regressions, the relationship among SA, economic performance and IC was tested. Findings The exploratory findings implied that the more strategically agile companies were those that responded more effectively to the pandemic crisis, but only if they were ahead in terms of digital transformation. Moreover, the results implied that firms that were able to efficiently convert their creative IC into realized IC were the most strategically agile. Originality/value This study developed a new conceptual framework for digitally transforming firms that included the role of SA and the IC conversion ratio in the context of extreme threats to the survival of firms. Some preliminary practical recommendations were offered to management about how to measure the IC conversion ratio as well as how to stimulate and reward greater creativity among employees, filling a notable gap in the SA literature that provides less than precise guidance about how this concept can be measured.
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hal-04439638 , version 1 (04-04-2024)

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Ahmed Bounfour, Thomas Housel, Trent Silkey, Alberto Nonnis. Digital transformation and strategic agility during the COVID-19 crisis: the role of the intangible capital conversion. Digital Transformation and Society, 2023, 2 (3), pp.257-275. ⟨10.1108/DTS-09-2022-0048⟩. ⟨hal-04439638⟩
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