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THEMES OF COORDINATION IN IS REFERENCE THEORIES

By Maximilian Brosius, Kazem Mohammad Haki and Stephan Aier

Abstract

Due to ever-growing investments in information systems (IS) in organizations, IS literature promotes an enterprise-wide perspective to keep local, short-term investments in line with global, long-term in-tentions. One of the central discourses in realizing an enterprise-wide perspective is the necessity of coordinating IS change and development efforts across organizational units. Notwithstanding its criti-cality, there is a lack of coherent body of theory about coordination. This study hence seeks to spot-light coordination as a lens by investigating prominently used reference theories in IS that implicitly consider coordination. Through conducting thematic analysis and synthesizing the reflection of coor-dination in IS reference theories, this study identifies four theory-grounded themes of coordination namely, informing, controlling, legitimating, and socializing. The identified themes guide prospective research in investigating IS phenomena through the lens of coordination

Topics: Coordination, Reference Theory, Thematic Analysis, Theme
Publisher: AIS Electronic Library (AISeL)
Year: 2016
OAI identifier: oai:aisel.aisnet.org:ecis2016_rp-1046
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