Tatnall & Gilding (1999) Actor-Network Theory in Information Systems Research.


In this paper, the authors will advocate the addition of actor-network theory to the qualitative research traditions presently used in information systems. We will contend that actor-network theory can be especially useful when studying the implementation of information systems and in other situations involving technological innovation. The paper describes actor-network theory, an approach originating in studies of science and technology, and how it might be used in studying technological projects. It also offers the theory of innovation translation, informed by actor-network theory, as an alternative to innovation diffusion in understanding issues of information systems implementation. Keywords

Citation Arthur Tatnall, Anthony Gilding (1999). Actor-Network Theory in Information Systems Research.. Australasian Conference on Informations Systems, pp. 955–966. URL

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author = {Tatnall, Arthur and Gilding, Anthony},
doi = {10.4018/jantti.2009062304},
isbn = {9781591405535},
issn = {1942-535X},
journal = {Australasian Conference on Informations Systems},
pages = {955--966},
title = {{Actor-Network Theory in Information Systems Research.}},
url = {http://www.igi-global.com/chapter/encyclopedia-information-science-technology/14208},
year = {1999}

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is research methodology, research methodology, socio-technical approach, technological