BERRICH Abdelkader 1 ; BENKADDOUR Abed 2
1 PhD in Economic Sciences, Professor, High School of Commerce, Algeria.
2 Magister in Marketing, PhD Student in Economic Sciences, Faculty of Science Economic, Management, and Commerce Sciences, University of Algiers 3, Algeria.

Article Id - IJM_07_03_018, Pages : 191-212, Date of Publication : 13, April 2016

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The relationship between Information Technology (IT) resources and competitive advantage has been the academic focus of attention and debate issues. Although many researchers found that IT investments contribute to help firms gain competitive advantage, there are still those who doubt like Solow (the Solow Computer Paradox), and Carr (IT doesn’t matter). The aim of this study is to research the relationship between IT resources, which are divided into four categories: IT infrastructure, IT technical skills, IT managerial skills, and IT-business partnership, and the competitive advantage of firms. Using data from 30 Algerian firms and the Pearson Coefficient, the results indicate a significant positive relationship between IT resources and the competitive advantage. Furthermore, the results show also a significant positive relationship between all categories of IT resources from one side, and competitive advantage of firm from the other side. Finally, the results show no significant relationship between firm’s age, type of industry, and the competitive of firms. This work drives its importance from the multiple dimensions adopted in measuring IT resources and capabilities from IS literature, which is compatible with the complementarity of resources that leads to competitive advantage of firms according to Resource-Based View.


IT Resources, IT Infrastructure, IT Technical And Managerial Skills, Competitive Advantage

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BERRICH Abdelkader and BENKADDOUR Abed, The relationship Between Information Technology Resources and Competitive Advantage in a Sample of Algerian Firms. International Journal of Management, 7(3), 2016, pp. 191–212.


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Dr. Madhavi Madireddy - Professor in Management and Director, Aurora’s PG College, Ramanthapur, Hyderabad, India

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Reviewer Board

Dr. N.Shani - Professor, Department of Business Administration, Nehru arts and science college, Coimbatore, India

Dr. T. Manvel Raj - Mohamed Sathak A.J.College of Engineering, India

Dr. Dhanuraj - Management Consultant, India

Prof. Sanobar Anjum - Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University, Saudi Arabia

Er. Deepika Ttiwari - Sikkim Manipal Institute of Technology, India

Er. Gajendra Naidu.J - ATMA, India

Dr. S.Saiganesh - Dayananda Sagar Business School, India

Dr. Bamrara.A - HNB Garhwal University, India

Dr. N.Shani - Professor, Department of Business Administration, Nehru arts and science college, Coimbatore, India

Dr. T. Manvel Raj - Mohamed Sathak A.J.College of Engineering, India

Dr. Dhanuraj - Management Consultant, India

Prof. Sanobar Anjum - Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University, Saudi Arabia

Dr. Deepika Ttiwari - Sikkim Manipal Institute of Technology, India

Dr. Gajendra Naidu.J - ATMA, India

Dr. S.Saiganesh - Dayananda Sagar Business School, India

Dr. Bamrara.A - HNB Garhwal University, India

Dr. Hari Sundar.G. Ram - Sree Narayana Gurukulam College of Engineering, India

Dr. Anshul Gangele - Institute of Technology & Management, India

Dr. Davinder Sharma - BCIPS, India

Prof. Srinivas K T - CIMS - B School, India

Dr. B.Ravi Kumar - Sree Vidyanikethan Engineering College, India

Dr. Rajesh U Kanthe - BVDU, India

Dr. Swaranjeet Arora - Prestige Institute of Management and Research, Indore, India

Dr. A.Selvaraj - Gobi Arts and Science College,Tamilnadu, India

Dr. M.A.Lahori - Anekant Institute of Management Studies, Baramati, Pune, India

Dr. V. Antony Joe Raja - Prince Group of Companies, Chennai, India

Prof. Shraddha Chowdhary - Kasturba Gandhi College for Women, Secunderabad, India

Dr. Sivanesan R - St.Jerome's College of Arts and Science,Tamilnadu, India

Prof. Shraddha Mayuresh Bhome - Future Institute Of Engineering and Management and Future Business School, India

Dr. V.Rama Devi - Sikkim Central University, Sikkim, India

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