What You See Is What You Get? A Comparison of Theoretical Lenses to Study Technology in Organizations

Müller, Benjamin ; Räth, Philip

URL: https://www.semanticscholar.org/paper/What-you-see...
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Document Type: Conference or workshop publication
Year of publication: 2012
Book title: Proceedings of the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2012)
Page range: Paper 16
Conference title: 33. International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2012)
Location of the conference venue: Orlando, Fla.
Date of the conference: December 16-19, 2012
Publisher: Huang, Ming-Hui
Place of publication: Atlanta, Ga.
Publishing house: AISeL
ISBN: 978-0-615-71843-9
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Institut für Enterprise Systems (InES)
Business School > Wirtschaftsinformatik IV (Mädche 2009-2015)
Subject: 330 Economics
Keywords (English): Theory , Theory Building , IT-enabled change , Process Theory , Structuration Theory , Sociomateriality , Technological Change , Organizational Change
Abstract: This paper investigates how the application of different theoretical lenses impacts theo-rizing on technology in organizations. Based on a case study of a corporate Wiki intro-duction, three theoretical lenses are applied as sensitizing devices: a process theoretical analysis based on the Enterprise Systems Experience Cycle (Markus and Tanis 2000), a structurational analysis based on technologies-in-practice (Orlikowski 2000), and a so-ciomaterial analysis based on the mangle of practice (Pickering 1995). The authors reflect upon their own experiences in applying these and present a comparison of their ob-servations. In doing so, the paper identifies and analyzes five emergent issues in theo-rizing across the three lenses: the role and nature of technology, technological change, changing practice, organizational change, and understanding stability. Similarities and differences among these three lenses are discussed and conclusions are drawn with re-spect to how what we as researchers see through our theoretical lenses determines what we will get in terms of theories. The paper thus presents other researchers with an op-portunity to reflect upon the authors’ experiences and supports the choice of an appro-priate theoretical lens for studying technology in organizations.
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