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Titolo:
Research commentary: Desperately seeking the "IT" in IT research - A call to theorizing the IT artifact
Autore:
Orlikowski, WJ; Iacono, CS;
Indirizzi:
MIT, Cambridge, MA 02142 USA MIT Cambridge MA USA 02142MIT, Cambridge, MA 02142 USA Natl Sci Fdn, Arlington, VA 22230 USA Natl Sci Fdn Arlington VA USA 22230Natl Sci Fdn, Arlington, VA 22230 USA
Titolo Testata:
INFORMATION SYSTEMS RESEARCH
fascicolo: 2, volume: 12, anno: 2001,
pagine: 121 - 134
SICI:
1047-7047(200106)12:2<121:RCDST">2.0.ZU;2-V
Fonte:
ISI
Lingua:
ENG
Soggetto:
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY; ORGANIZATIONS; SYSTEMS; WORK;
Keywords:
information systems research; information technology; IT research; IT theory; technological artifacts; technology change;
Tipo documento:
Article
Natura:
Periodico
Settore Disciplinare:
Social & Behavioral Sciences
Citazioni:
34
Recensione:
Indirizzi per estratti:
Indirizzo: Orlikowski, WJ MIT, 77 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02142 USA MIT 77 Massachusetts Ave Cambridge MA USA 02142 A 02142 USA
Citazione:
W.J. Orlikowski e C.S. Iacono, "Research commentary: Desperately seeking the "IT" in IT research - A call to theorizing the IT artifact", INF SYST R, 12(2), 2001, pp. 121-134

Abstract

The field of information systems is premised on the centrality of information technology in everyday socio-economic life. Yet, drawing on a review ofthe full set of articles published in Information Systems Research (ISR) over the past ten years, we argue that the field has not deeply engaged its core subject matter-the information technology (IT) artifact. Instead, we find that IS researchers tend to give central theoretical significance to the context (within which some usually unspecified technology is seen to operate), the discrete processing capabilities of the artifact las separable from its context or use), or the dependent variable (that which is posited tobe affected or changed as technology is developed, implemented, and used). The IT artifact itself tends to disappear from view, be taken for granted,or is presumed to be unproblematic once it is built and installed. After discussing the implications of our findings, we propose a research directionfor the IS field that begins to take technology as seriously as its effects, context, and capabilities. In particular, we propose that IS researchersbegin to theorize specifically about IT artifacts, and then incorporate these theories explicitly into their studies. We believe that such a researchdirection is critical if IS research is to make a significant contributionto the understanding of a world increasingly suffused with ubiquitous, interdependent, and emergent information technologies.

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