ICT-related change in complex organisations: The role of infrastructural and regulatory constraints

Margunn Aanestad, Nina Boulus

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The topic for this paper is the conditions for change in large and complex organisations, where information and communication technologies (ICT) are introduced to enable more efficient forms of communication and collaboration. Our research aim was to study the factors that shaped and constrained ICT-related organisational change, and in this paper we report from a process of introducing a digital patient record system into a hospital. The findings from the case study indicate that space for change and learning is significantly shaped by the existing institutionalised practises and information infrastructure, as well as by regulations, both formal laws and locally defined rules and procedures. The significance of these aspects has been neglected in most studies of organisational change and learning, and should be given more attention.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIn proceedings of the 11th Norwegian Conference on Information Systems (NOKOBIT)
EditorsKnut, H. R. Rolland
Number of pages22
Publication date2004
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes
EventNOKOBIT (Norsk konferanse for organisasjoners bruk av informasjonsteknologi) - Stavanger, Norway
Duration: 29 Nov 20041 Dec 2004


ConferenceNOKOBIT (Norsk konferanse for organisasjoners bruk av informasjonsteknologi)
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  • ICT-related organisational change
  • Digital patient record system
  • Institutionalised practices
  • Information infrastructure
  • Regulations


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