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SBE 2020: Submission Detail

ID Number: 301
Title: Information Technology: The Connective Tissue of Organizing
Lead Author: Cresswell, Anthony M
Abstract: This paper proposes the following challenge question for SBE research for the year 2020 and beyond, How can we advance the study of the ways information technology connects and influences organizational action from the micro (local) through to the macro (global) levels of analysis? Exploring this question requires social scientists to focus on meso-level theorizing for information technology (IT) as an organizational phenomenon. Most existing research focuses on either macro-level abstractions or micro-level behavior of IT use. This constraints the building of scientific knowledge on how todays technological capabilities are impacting our societys future. We argue that future SBE research should build a coherent theory framework for empirical investigations into the technology-organization interplay at the meso-level of analysis, where it impacts our lives. In the paper, we give examples of emerging social developments and needs that indicate the importance of building such a theory framework and suggest first steps for creating the necessary intellectual infrastructure. We conclude by pointing to some promising theoretical directions for future work.
PDF: Cresswell_Anthony_301.pdf

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