Using Actor-Network Theory to Research the Adoption of Inter-Organizational Information Systems

IGI Global
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Inter-Organizational Information Systems and Business Management: Theories for Researchers, 2011, 1, pp. 83 - 98
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Inter-organizational information systems depend at least as much on collaboration across organizational cultures as on the development of technical infrastructure for their success. Actor-network theory (ANT) is a useful approach for bringing together social and technical considerations. In this chapter we discuss key features of ANT and show how it might be applied to a particular case of IOIS adoption; this ANT approach is compared to co-evolutionary theory which was originally applied to this case. Some possible extensions to ANT are contemplated, and we offer advice to those attempting ANT-based research. We also give advice, based on ANT, to those undertaking IOIS development.
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