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Get Your Act Together: An Alternative Approach to Understanding the Impact of Technology on Individual and Organizational Behavior

Get Your Act Together: An Alternative Approach to Understanding the Impact of Technology on... Get Your Act Together ­ An Alternative Approach to Understanding the Impact of Technology on Individual and Organizational Behavior Benjamin Mueller University of Groningen Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Uta Renken University of Erlangen-Nuremberg Gijs van den Heuvel Tilburg University Abstract Research in the larger management discipline is increasingly turning towards practice as an important unit of analysis to study organizational form and function. Reflecting this practice turn, information systems research is specifically interested in what people think they do when confronted with technology, what they actually do in the process of using technology, and what using technology does to them and the organizations they are a part of. In the wake of this development, sociomateriality has been proposed as a concept to study these organizational phenomena. The concept of sociomateriality, however, is not without its difficulties. Much debate has ensued on the ontological assumptions the practice turn and the concept of sociomateriality should be based on, and many scholars using the concept report how difficult it is to empirically investigate the intertwining or entanglement of the social and the material in practice. In this paper, we revisit Parsons' and Shils' (1951) general theory of action to address some http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png ACM SIGMIS Database: the DATABASE for Advances in Information Systems Association for Computing Machinery

Get Your Act Together: An Alternative Approach to Understanding the Impact of Technology on Individual and Organizational Behavior

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Association for Computing Machinery
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Copyright © 2016 by ACM Inc.
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0095-0033
DOI
10.1145/3025099.3025107
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Get Your Act Together ­ An Alternative Approach to Understanding the Impact of Technology on Individual and Organizational Behavior Benjamin Mueller University of Groningen Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Uta Renken University of Erlangen-Nuremberg Gijs van den Heuvel Tilburg University Abstract Research in the larger management discipline is increasingly turning towards practice as an important unit of analysis to study organizational form and function. Reflecting this practice turn, information systems research is specifically interested in what people think they do when confronted with technology, what they actually do in the process of using technology, and what using technology does to them and the organizations they are a part of. In the wake of this development, sociomateriality has been proposed as a concept to study these organizational phenomena. The concept of sociomateriality, however, is not without its difficulties. Much debate has ensued on the ontological assumptions the practice turn and the concept of sociomateriality should be based on, and many scholars using the concept report how difficult it is to empirically investigate the intertwining or entanglement of the social and the material in practice. In this paper, we revisit Parsons' and Shils' (1951) general theory of action to address some

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ACM SIGMIS Database: the DATABASE for Advances in Information SystemsAssociation for Computing Machinery

Published: Dec 13, 2016

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