Towards a theory of organizational information services

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Towards a theory of organizational information services
: The use of information technology (IT) in organizations has undergone dramatic changes the past 30 years. As a result, it has become increasingly common to adopt a services rather than a traditional systems perspective to more accurately capture contemporary practices. There is, however, a lack of theories that can help us understand, assess, and design information services in organizational contexts. On this backdrop, we combine general notions of information processing options and requirements to outline a contingency theory of organizational use of information services. The theory suggests that organizational actors evoke subsets of heterogeneous service portfolios as they execute tasks and that evoking different subsets may lead to equally satisfactory outcomes. The theory distinguishes between four types of services: computational, adaptive, networking, and collaborative services, and it suggests that organizational actors need portfolios of information services that are suited ...
Lars Mathiassen, Carsten Sørensen
Added 13 Dec 2010
Updated 13 Dec 2010
Type Journal
Year 2008
Authors Lars Mathiassen, Carsten Sørensen
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