Factors Influencing Information System Flexibility: An Interpretive Flexibility Perspective

Factors Influencing Information System Flexibility: An Interpretive Flexibility Perspective

Ruey-Shun Chen (China University of Technology, Taiwan), Chia-Ming Sun (National Yunlin University of Science & Technology, Taiwan), Marilyn M. Helms (Dalton State College, USA) and Wen-Jang (Kenny) Jih (Middle Tennessee State University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61692-852-0.ch703
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Abstract

Information System (IS) flexibility has been regarded as an important indicator of information technology success. This article provides a model of IS flexibility encompassing all stages of IS implementation and usage. The model considers the cognitive factors from IS staff and users as important leveraging IS flexibility with adaptation activities. A review of constructs extending from the interpretive flexibility perspective in the literature is used to identify these cognitive factors. By hypothesizing the relationships among these cognitive factors, IS flexibility, and adaptation activities several propositions are identified. Empirical testing is then warranted to refute or validate the propositions.

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