Transform or be transformed: the importance of research on managing and sustaining digital transformations

Noel Carroll, Nik Rushdi Hassan, Iris Junglas, Thomas Hess, Lorraine Morgan

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Digital transformation is here to stay. With the emergence of new digital innovations and diverse and rich data sources, only those organisations that can adapt faster and make better, quicker decisions will become more competitive. Yet, being a first mover is only the start of the transformation process. Organisations need to address and implement digital strategies to manage and sustain a digital transformation in order to stay with, or ahead of, their competition. In this article, we outline some of the key challenges associated with researching digital transformations within the information systems (IS) field and stress the importance of shifting the focus on how digital transformations are managed and sustained. To explore this further, we launched a Special Issue on “Managing and Sustaining Digital Transformations” and received a large volume of submissions. After a series of reviews and revisions, we were delighted to unearth four excellent articles on this important topic. Our hope with this Special Issue is to improve researchers’ abilities to identify the importance of managing and sustaining digital transformations and to encourage them to build on these contributions to better unpack the digital transformation process for the future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)347-353
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Journal of Information Systems
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2023
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported with the financial support of the Science Foundation Ireland grant 13/RC/2094_2 and co-funded under the European Regional Development Fund through the Southern & Eastern Regional Operational Programme to Lero - the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Software ( This work was also supported through the University of Galway strategic fund to establish the Citizen Development Lab ( We thank all the associate guest editors and reviewers for their thoughtful insights, their time, and their tireless efforts to develop the set of papers further. Without their dedication, this Special Issue would not have been possible. Our associate guest editors were (alphabet order): Alexander Benlian; Amany Elbanna; André Hanelt; Arto Lanamäki; Brian Fitzgerald; Christian Matt; Christiane Lehrer; Ciara Heavin; Gregory Vial; Jonny Holmström; Michael Cahalane; Nancy Pouloudi; Netta Iivari; Rob Gleasure; Steffi Haag; Sven Rehm; Xiaofeng Wang; and Yogesh K. Dwivedi. Special thanks to Kieran Conboy and Michael Myers for their support with the Special Issue.

Publisher Copyright:
© The Operational Research Society 2023.


  • Digital Transformation
  • Managing
  • Research Agenda
  • Sustaining


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