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THE INTERACTION OF ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURES AND TECHNOLOGIES-IN-PRACTICE: A STRUCTURALIST ANALYSIS
ICIS 2011 Proceedings
  • Philip Raeth, Institute of Research on Information Systems (IRIS), EBS Business School, Wiesbaden, Germany.
  • Benjamin Mueller, Chair of Information Systems IV, University of Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany.
  • Stefan Smolnik, Institute of Research on Information Systems (IRIS), EBS Business School, Wiesbaden, Germany.
Publication Date
12-6-2011
Abstract

Today‘s omnipresence of technology leads to individuals using similar technology inside and outside of organizations. We suggest that the aspects of this technological co-presence might affect technology-induced organizational change processes. We argue that the implications for organizations will require new theories and appropriate methods. Structuration Theory (ST) represents a powerful lens to address the complexities of technological co-presence. Based on Orlikowski’s (2000) practice lens, we develop a new lens, which we believe is an appropriate perspective to study named phenomenon. This perspective enables us to include employees as nested entities within organizational boundaries and as individual agents outside organizational boundaries. A case study in an organization using Wiki technology is used to study the technological co-presence of the organizational Wiki and Wikipedia. We provide preliminary results, which underline our theoretical considerations, and outline future work.

Citation Information
Philip Raeth, Benjamin Mueller and Stefan Smolnik. "THE INTERACTION OF ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURES AND TECHNOLOGIES-IN-PRACTICE: A STRUCTURALIST ANALYSIS" (2011)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/philip_raeth/1/