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Understanding successful use of technology in organisations in developing countries : a structurational perspective

By Acklesh Prasad

Abstract

Information Technology and its relationship to organisational performance has been a subject of continued interest to researchers and other stakeholders in developing countries. While there is concurrence that IT does contribute to performance, and we are efficiently expanding our knowledge on what factors cause better leveraging of IT resources in organisations, we have done little to understand how these factors interact with technology that results in improved performance. This paper suggests looking that the interaction between organisational resources and technology within the structurational lens, which recognises the recursive interaction between technology and people in the presence of social practices, and the norms that inform their ongoing practices. An ethnographic approach to understanding this interaction between technology and resources, as suggested by the structuration perspective, is suggested, aiming to provide richer insights on the nature of the environment that promotes better use of IT resources in developing countries. Such insights could provide the IT users in developing countries with at least an initial conception of the “IT usage platform” that they could promote in their organisations to leverage the most from their IT resources

Topics: 150100 ACCOUNTING AUDITING AND ACCOUNTABILITY, IT Resources, Developing Countries, Organisational Resources, Ethnography, Structuration Perspective
Publisher: Department of Information Systems, City University of Hong Kong
Year: 2009
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.qut.edu.au:48580
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