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Modelling IT use: an archetypal approach


  • François-Xavier de Vaujany

    (Electronic Journal of Information Systems)


Since Barley’s use of Giddens in 1986, structurational approaches have become an important theoretical perspective within the IS research community. This paper introduces an intermediate theory of this stream through three socio-technical archetypes, i.e. stylised socio-technical situations (neutral, regenerated and disrupted) and two appropriative trajectories, that is to say two a combination of archetypes (the balancing point and the improvisational dynamics). The resulting theoretical framework is then applied to four case studies illustrating the implementation of Intranets in French firms. Finally, the general relevance of the structurational reading-grid is demonstrated. But the study also sheds light on some limits of the conceptual scheme. Intranets are only an opportunity for very local and limited structuring processes. Besides, a third appropriative trajectory is also suggested (the catalytic dynamic) and the model is partly accommodated

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  • François-Xavier de Vaujany, 2005. "Modelling IT use: an archetypal approach," Development and Comp Systems 0509020, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpdc:0509020
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    1. de Vaujany, François-Xavier, 2001. "American and European social embeddedness in IS research: the case of structurational approaches," MPRA Paper 1318, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    2. François-Xavier de Vaujany, 2005. "Information Technology Conceptualization: Respective Contributions of Sociology and Information Systems," Post-Print hal-00644428, HAL.

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    IT use ; structurational approaches ; Critical Social theory ; Structuration Theory ; archetypal model; appropriative trajectories; Intranets; IS qualitative evaluation.;

    JEL classification:

    • O - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth
    • P - Economic Systems


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