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Fashions in the cloud: A case of institutional legitimacy
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Information Systems. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2784-863X
School of Business Information Technology and Logistics, RMIT University, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia.
School of Business Information Technology and Logistics, RMIT University, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia.
2014 (English)In: 20th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2014, Association for Information Systems , 2014Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Organisations claim to adopt IT fashions on the premise of achieving cost-savings, and performance improvements. However, current research reveals that such goals are not the only motivators behind the actual adoption of IT fashions. This paper illustrates, through the case studies of two universities, that the adoption of an IT fashion, such as Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions, can enhance the innovative image of an organisation, and render it fashionable to stakeholders. Yet, this very image may erode if issues of concern, associated with the uncertainty of new technologies, are not addressed. Through the lens of the Theory of Institutional Legitimacy, the examination of the two case studies depict IT fashions as double-edged swords, which may enhance or erode legitimacy of policy makers, thus bringing about shifts in their viewpoints on such technologies. Therefore, a deeper understanding is required of how IT fashions influence the legitimacy of IT decision-makers.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Association for Information Systems , 2014.
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20th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2014
Keyword [en]
Cloud computing; Institutional legitimacy; IT fashion; IT services; Outsourcing; Software as a service; Universities
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Other Engineering and Technologies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-116775Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84905987913OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-116775DiVA: diva2:800736
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20th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2014
Available from: 2015-04-07 Created: 2015-04-02 Last updated: 2015-06-04

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