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Adopting Information Systems in a Small Company: A Longitudinal Study.
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Industrial Economics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
2016 (English)In: Journal of Applied Economics and Business Research, ISSN 1927-033X, E-ISSN 1927-033X, Vol. 6, no 4, p. 269-283Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

For some time there has been an increase in adoption of enterprise systems by small companies. With welldocumented potential benefits, there are a lot of reasons to adopt them. In this study however the choice to adopt smaller pieces of information systems by a small organization is investigated to provide a counter example to the integrated-solution literature. With the intention to adopt an enterprise system at the beginning, the case provides a dynamic story of a small organization and how various factors impacted on the intention and resulted in an assemblage of information systems instead. By adoption the technology-organisation-environment framework and a single case study design, the case indicates that in addition to the oft-cited factors such as organisational size and IT readiness, social norms and the characteristics of a central individual, such as the owner, play a prominent role in information systems adoption, and highlights how these factors are connected to each other. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Canada: Journal of Applied Economics and Business Research , 2016. Vol. 6, no 4, p. 269-283
Keywords [en]
Information system adoption, TOE framework, Small organization, Information technology
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-143469OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-143469DiVA, id: diva2:1164004
Available from: 2017-12-08 Created: 2017-12-08 Last updated: 2017-12-08Bibliographically approved
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1. Adopting Information Systems Perspectives from Small Organizations
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Adopting Information Systems Perspectives from Small Organizations
2017 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Why do organizations adopt information systems? Is it just because of financial reasons, of concerns for efficiency? Or is it due to external pressures, such as competitor pressure, that an organization adopts an information system?

And, how does the adoption take place? Is it a linear process, or is the process one of  conflicts? Does a specific person govern this process, or do we have multiple parties involved? What happens if these conflicts occur among those involved? How does the organization move on and achieve a successful information system adoption?

By investigating two organizations, one international academic journal and one South American manufacturing company, this thesis aims to investigate the whys and hows of information system adoption, and aims to contribute to the discourse on information system adoptions in small organizations – an often underrepresented segment in information system adoption literature.

By adopting different theoretical lenses throughout the five research papers included, this body of work suggests that even when seemingly simple, information system adoptions can become rather complex. The cases reveal that the role of information systems and issues related to information system adoptions are often not well thought-out in the early days of the organization. The actors’ understandings of adoption and consequences mature and the information systems become more intertwined.

Common use of stakeholder theory introduces general stakeholders and their interaction with the focal organization. The cases reveal that the adoption process involves multiple actors, even within what would initially appear as a stakeholder, and that those actors can be in conflict with each other. These conflicts often lead to negotiations, and the cases reveal that these negotiations are opportunities of learning; the actors engage with the information system and with each other, gaining new knowledge about the issues at hand.

The dissertation argues that there are various social worlds in information system adoptions, and various factors – ranging from organizational structure to social norms – that often affect why and how the organization undergoes an adoption process. The multiple power relations and divergent interests of stakeholders in these adoption processes, and how information systems affect other parts of the organization, reinforce the need for a well thought-out, flexible and reflexive approach to information system adoptions.

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Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2017. p. 228
Series
Linköping Studies in Science and Technology. Dissertations, ISSN 0345-7524 ; 1895Dissertation from the Swedish Research School of Management and Information Technology (MIT). Dissertation ; 96
Keywords
information system adoption, small organizations, discourse, negotiation, stakeholder theory, social worlds
National Category
Information Systems, Social aspects
Research subject
Economic Information Systems
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-143458 (URN)10.3384/diss.diva-143458 (DOI)9789176853894 (ISBN)
Public defence
2018-01-19, ACAS, A-huset, Campus Valla, Linköping, 13:15 (English)
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Available from: 2017-12-08 Created: 2017-12-08 Last updated: 2018-01-22Bibliographically approved

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