Actor-Network Theory as a Socio-Technical Approach to Information Systems Research

Actor-Network Theory as a Socio-Technical Approach to Information Systems Research

Arthur Tatnall (Victoria University, Australia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-104-9.ch013
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Abstract

An information system is a socio-technical discipline involving both human and non-human entities. Much of the research done in an information system context investigates changes caused by the introduction of new business or organisational system, or changes made to an existing system, and so can be regarded as research into aspects of technological innovation. Information systems are complex entities and their development is a complex undertaking. Research in information systems needs to take account of the complexity of information systems development rather than take steps to hide this. An approach to information systems research, based on actor-network theory, offers a good means of allowing impartial treatment of the contributions of both human and non-human actors, and of handling the complexities involved. This chapter outlines such an approach.

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