Actor-Network Theory in Information Systems Research

Actor-Network Theory in Information Systems Research

Arthur Tatnall (Victoria University, Australia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-553-5.ch009
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Abstract

Building an information system is a difficult task, partly due to the problem of ascertaining the requirements of the intended users, but also because of the complexity of the large number of human-machine interactions (Banville, 1991). This complexity is reflected in the difficulty of building these systems to operate free from error and to perform as intended. The dictionary defines innovation as “the alteration of what is established; something newly introduced”. As the introduction or improvement of an information system in an organisation necessarily involves change, information systems research often involves research into technological innovation.

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