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On the Methodological and Philosophical Challenges of Sociomaterial Theorizing: An Overview of Competing Conceptualizations

  title={On the Methodological and Philosophical Challenges of Sociomaterial Theorizing: An Overview of Competing Conceptualizations},
  author={Benjamin M{\"u}ller and Philip Raeth and Samer Faraj and Karlheinz Kautz and Daniel Robey and Ulrike Schultze},
This panel discusses how to take the ontological paradigm of Sociomateriality to the field using alternative theoretical lenses that embody sociomaterial ideas. Based on exemplary papers, Samer Faraj, Karlheinz Kautz, Daniel Robey, and Ulrike Schultze present the advantages of the lens they have drawn on to inform their empirical research. Through their discussion the panelists illustrate how they designed their studies accordingly and defend why their approach allows them to make empirical… 

Enacting Accountability in IS Research after the Sociomaterial Turn(ing)

Sociomateriality represents an emergent philosophical stance that instantiates an ontological turn towards relationality and materiality in information systems (IS) research. As an emergent

Understanding the Why, What, and How of Theories in IS Research

This work intends to synthesize and reflect upon the debate on theories and theorizing in the IS field, and hope to advance and support the discipline’s current strive towards more theoretical thinking and the increasing demand for theoretical contributions.

Actant affordances: a brief history of affordance theory and a Latourian extension for education technology research

Affordance theory provides a useful lens to explore the action opportunities that arise between users and technology, especially in education. However developments in the theory have resulted both in

Adopt, Adapt, Enact or Use? - A Framework and Methodology for Extracting and Integrating Conceptual Mechanisms of IT Adoption and Use

A framework and methodology is suggested for collecting and re-assembling scattered conceptual pieces of organizational and individual IT adoption and integrating them into a coherent understanding to clarify terminological bafflement caused by the different philosophical stances.

Adopt, Adapt, Enact or Use?

Information Systems (IS) are omnipresent in today’s organizations. While much research has been performed on adoption, implementation, and use of IS, still many practitioners are faced with IS change

Clarifying Ontological Inseparabiilty with Heidegger's Analysis of Equipment

It is shown that Heidegger's work in Being and Time provides a careful exploration of ontological inseparability that reveals it to be plausible, coherent, and useful and that IS must engage with the "being of IT" if it wants to adequately deal with the increasing ubiquity of IT in practice.

Ladder to success – eliciting project managers’ perceptions of IS project success criteria

The traditional approach to assess information system (IS) project success is adherence to planning (ATP) – meeting budget, schedule, and requirements targets. Today, scholars agree that ATP is

Developing business advantages from the technological possibilities of enterprise information systems

  • Luay Anaya
  • Business
    International Journal of Information Systems and Project Management
  • 2022
Organizations are increasingly implementing Enterprise Information Systems (EIS), and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems in particular. Despite the notable studies on the advantages of an

Materiality in information environments: Objects, spaces, and bodies in three outpatient hemodialysis facilities

An ethnographic study involving 156 hours of observation and 28 patient interviews in outpatient hemodialysis facilities shows that objects, spaces, and bodies were integral to 6 sociomaterial layers of facility information environments: the physical, empiric, syntactic, semantic, pragmatic, and social world.

Mechanisms for emergent usage of adaptive information systems: a critical realist case of e-financial systems in South Africa

The purpose of this research is to investigate the research problem: Why does emergent usage occur in adaptive information systems? Being motivated to explore this phenomenon from the experiential



Sociomateriality - More than Jargon monoxide? Questions from the Jester to the Sovereigns

Inspired by the call for papers of the Alternative Genres Track at ECIS 2012, the purpose is to "take a fresh look, to evoke new insights and to gain deeper understanding" of the notion of sociomateriality in IS.

Sociomaterial Practices: Exploring Technology at Work

In this essay, I begin with the premise that everyday organizing is inextricably bound up with materiality and contend that this relationship is inadequately reflected in organizational studies that

A Typology of Affordances: Untangling Sociomaterial Interactions through Video Analysis

In this study we untangle the sociomaterial interactions between developers, users, and artifacts by analyzing what types of affordances occur in the interactions between actors and artifacts in the

The social shaping of technology

The sociomateriality of organisational life: considering technology in management research

Drawing on a specific scenario from a contemporary workplace, I review some of the dominant ways that management scholars have addressed technology over the past five decades. I will demonstrate that

Do Not Despair: There Is Life after Constructivism

This article reviews recent work in socio-historical technology studies. Four problems, frequently mentioned in critical debates, are discussed—relativism, reflexivity, theory, and practice. The main

The Politics of Technology: On Bringing Social Theory into Technological Design

New approaches in the design of information technologies for work practices are drawing upon theories from sociology, anthropology, and social philosophy. Under the labels of Computer-Supported

A Threesome Dance of Agency: Mangling the Sociomateriality of Technological Regimes in Digital Innovation

It is argued that digital architectures need to materialize and be shaped in a dialectical way in the mangle of both existing regimes, and the threesome dance of physical material agency, digital material agency and human agency is argued.

The story of socio‐technical design: reflections on its successes, failures and potential

The history of socio‐technical design is traced, emphasizing the set of values it embraces, the people espousing its theory and the organizations that practise it, as a humanistic set of principles aimed at increasing human knowledge while improving practice in work situations.

When Environment Matters: Inter-Organizational Effects on Sociomaterial Imbrications and Change

It is indicated that inter-organizational influence is an important factor shaping the processes of change in organizational routines and technologies and only partly supports the recent findings of Paul Leonardi about the perception-based nature of these changes as the authors evidence that this is not applicable in certain types of environments.