A social actor understanding of the institutional structures at play in information systems development

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Title A social actor understanding of the institutional structures at play in information systems development
Author Rowlands, Bruce Hamilton
Journal Name Information Technology & People
Year Published 2009
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Emerald
Abstract Purpose – This paper seeks to provide insights into the process of applying Lamb & Kling's user as social actor model as an institutional lens to analyse data and to generate findings of IS practice. Design/methodology/approach – The paper provides an example from a recently published research project why the social actor model was chosen, and an application of how the model was operationalised in data collection and analysis. Findings – The paper provides two illustrations of theorising the social actor model at different levels: at an elementary level by using instantiation to map the model's constructs to a match in the transcript text; and at a higher level where the model enabled the paper to tie together a number of individual phenomena to construct a broader higher-level schema. Originality/value – As the social actor model is relatively new, and few guidelines or examples exist, the paper provides rich insights into the difficulties with the application of this model and a solution for coping with these so that other researchers can read of an example that may be similar to their own and therefore guide their work.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/09593840910937490
Copyright Statement Copyright 2009 Emerald. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 22
Issue Number 1
Page from 51
Page to 62
ISSN 0959-3845
Date Accessioned 2009-07-03
Date Available 2010-06-22T06:51:15Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Institute for Integrated and Intelligent Systems
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject Information Systems Organisation
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/28502
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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