Revising the Socio-technical Perspective for The 21st Century: New Mechanism at Work

Louise Harder Fischer, Richard Baskerville

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Abstrakt

A predominant understanding in information systems research is that technology has institutionalizing and social-izing effects in its interaction with humans in the human enterprise. This understanding no longer gives a full ac-count of the dynamics in the current workplace. Through a critical realist approach, the socio-technical mecha-nisms in the 21st century global enterprise is re-explored, through a study of 18 user’s productive behavior afford-ed by Unified Communication and Collaboration (UCC). The study finds that the mechanism of individualization is the cause of events that profoundly change the socio-technical reality. Individualization affects how people re-late to one-another and reduces the influence of the organization as a system. The power of individualization cre-ates a new parallel structure of small networks of close colleagues. The study shows the dialectic nature of mecha-nisms in a socio-technical system and provides a social system perspective of the dynamic individualization forces that now inhabit the self-organization of a complex socio-technical system.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
Artikelnummer4
TidsskriftJournal of Database Management
Vol/bind31
Udgave nummer4
Sider (fra-til)69-87
Antal sider19
ISSN1063-8016
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 11 nov. 2020

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