From ensemble view to ensemble artefact – An inquiry on conceptualisations of the IT artefact
2013 (English)In: Systems, Signs & Actions, ISSN 1652-8719, Vol. 7, no 1, 49-72 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This paper investigates the notion of an ensemble artefact. This concept is proposed by Sein et al (2011) in their description of the Action Design Research method. This concept is based on the ensemble view of IT artefacts, which is described by Orlikowski & Iacono (2001) together with four other views. The conceptual journey from ensemble view to ensemble artefact is found problematic and is the impetus for a conceptual inquiry conducted in this paper. The conceptual investigation is supported by the use of a case illustration of an IT artefact in the social welfare sector. The different views from Orlikowski & Iacono are analysed and com-pared. The suggested conceptualisation of IT artefacts based on the ensemble view, made by Orlikowski & Iacono, is also analysed. Based on these analyses an alternative view is articu-lated: A communication tool view of IT artefacts. This view is compared with the ensemble view, especially in a design research context. The notion of ensemble artefact is contested, as is the suggested use of it as a main conceptual basis in design research.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping University , 2013. Vol. 7, no 1, 49-72 p.
IT artefact, ensemble view, design research, communication tool
Information Systems, Social aspects
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-103226OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-103226DiVA: diva2:688088