Status differentials and framing in the implementation of IT-enabled task migration strategies
journal contributionposted on 13.04.2021, 12:45 by Jade BrooksJade Brooks, M.N. RavishankarM.N. Ravishankar, Ilan Oshri
In globally distributed environments, gaps exist between an organizational-level decision to migrate IT-enabled tasks and the actual execution of strategy since a highlevel consensus does not always specify the precise sequencing and pacing of task migration in detail. This absence of operational-level detailing can trigger status-led enactments of power. Drawing on a qualitative case study of a distributed finance function in a global logistics firm, this paper explores how high-status business units frame their task migration actions and contrasts it with how a low-status support unit frames and accounts for the actions of high-status business units. The findings show how high-status business units frame their own actions as protecting, supporting and monitoring the migrated tasks while the low-status support unit frames the same set of actions as resisting, interfering and hypercriticizing. Theoretically, the paper suggests that during the implementation of task migration strategies, frames deployed by a low-status unit considers its weaker position of power and serves to neutralize conflict with the more powerful, higher-status unit.
- Business and Economics