How Linn Products Ltd. has achieved organizational fitness in the digital age

Ates, Aylin and Acur, Nuran and MacLean, Donald (2024) How Linn Products Ltd. has achieved organizational fitness in the digital age. Research-Technology Management. ISSN 1930-0166 (In Press)

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Prior research has understood the process of digital transformation as shifts between digitization, digitalization, and digital transformation phases and has treated digital transformation process tautologically. In the literature, digital transformation is understood as transforming the whole organization, including its business processes and value proposition. This understanding is problematic because it fails to capture the need for achieving alignment between the organization, the environment, and the strategy based on the finer details of an organization’s context. Achieving this fit is important in a VUCA environment characterized by volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. We conducted a single case study of Linn Products, a UK-based, high-tech company renowned for designing and manufacturing high-end home entertainment systems, including digital streaming products, music players, and speakers. This award-winning firm has not only embraced digital transformation but also sustained its performance proactively amidst the dynamic shifts in the consumable electronics industry. Our interpretive longitudinal study spans 2007 to 2023 and incorporates insights from 23 in-depth interviews. Our research provides valuable guidance for practitioners seeking to build resilience and adaptability in an era of digital disruption and polycrisis.