- List of Contributors
- Historical Reflections on the Practice of Information Management and Implications for the Field of MIS
- Tracing the History of the Information Systems Field
- The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth: High‐Quality Research in Information Systems
- Systems Thinking and Soft Systems Methodology
- Structuration Theory
- Institutional Theory of Information Technology
- ‘Everything is Dangerous’: Rethinking Michel Foucault and the Social Study of ICT
- Critical Social Information Systems Research
- Hermeneutics and Meaning‐Making in Information Systems
- Phenomenology, Screens, and <i>Screenness</i>: Returning to the World Itself
- Post‐structuralism, Social Shaping of Technology, and Actor‐Network Theory: What Can They Bring to IS Research?
- Further Developments in Information Systems Strategizing: Unpacking the Concept
- Rethinking Business–IT Alignment
- IT‐Dependent Strategic Initiatives and Sustained Competitive Advantage: A Review, Synthesis, and an Extension of the Literature
- Changing the Story Surrounding Enterprise Systems to Improve our Understanding of What Makes ERP Work in Organizations
- A Multi‐theoretic Approach to IT Governance: The Need for Commitment as well as Alignment
- Rethinking Information Systems Security
- Mobile IT
- A Review of the IT Outsourcing Literature: Insights for Practice
- Managing Knowledge Work
- Rethinking Gender and MIS for the Twenty‐First Century
- Green Digits: Towards an Ecology of IT Thinking
- Ethics and ICT
- IT, Globalization, and Human Development: A Personal View
- Discourses on Innovation and Development in Information Systems in Developing Countries Research
- From Instrumentality to Emergence in Information Systems
Abstract and Keywords
Structuration is a general theory of social organization, and not one specific to information system (IS), which has led to many studies in IS pursuing ideas. The purpose of this article is to present a summary of key features of structuration theory and some criticisms that have been made of these and to discuss its use in the IS field in the light of these features. The theory potentially offers useful insights for the IS field, as information systems are seen as social systems, which exist in social and organizational contexts that influence their development and use, and are also implicated in sustaining and changing these contexts. The final aspect of structuration to be considered will be its relevance to empirical research, where some critics, have suggested that it operates at too high a level of generality to provide guidance in specific empirical settings.
Matthew Jones is a university lecturer in Information Management at the Judge Business School and the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge. He previously held postdoctoral positions at the University of Reading and the University of Cambridge where he was involved in the development of computer‐based models for public policy decision‐making. His current research interests are concerned with the social and organizational aspects of the design and use of information systems, especially in healthcare settings, the relationship between technology and organizational and social change, and theoretical and methodological issues in Information Systems research.
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