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Towards an appropriation infrastructure

Supporting user creativity in IT adoption
: Pipek, V.; Stevens, G.; Müller, C.; Veith, M.; Draxler, S.

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Golden, W.:
16th European Conference on Information Systems, ECIS '08. Conference schedule and abstracts : 9-11 June, 2008, National University of Ireland, Galway
Galway: Centre for Innovation & Structural Change, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-9553159-2-3
ISBN: 0-9553159-2-1
European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS) <16, 2008, Galway>
Conference Paper, Electronic Publication
Fraunhofer FIT ()

Research on the adoption of information systems (IS) often stated technology as a fixed entity. Following the ’practical turn’ in IS we argue that information technology artefacts are mainly ’cultural artefacts’, which are shaped in a social process of appropriation where software usage is accompanied by processes of interpretation, negotiation or change in organizations. We elaborate on a (neo-)Marxian interpretation of appropriation from a design-oriented perspective in order to investigate the possibilities of technological support of activities of appropriation work. To capture the different facets of appropriation, we combine theoretical concepts of social capital and activity-based learning. With the help of this theoretical orientation, we systemize empirical evidence from several research projects in order to detect recurring patterns. We use these patterns to develop a generic architecture for actively supporting the social activity of appropriating the cultural artefact in context of its usage.