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Using Institutional Theory in Enterprise Systems Research: Developing a Conceptual Model from a Literature Review

Using Institutional Theory in Enterprise Systems Research: Developing a Conceptual Model from a Literature Review
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Author(s): Per Svejvig (Department of Business Administration, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark)
Copyright: 2013
Volume: 9
Issue: 1
Pages: 30
Source title: International Journal of Enterprise Information Systems (IJEIS)
Editor(s)-in-Chief: Madjid Tavana (La Salle University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/jeis.2013010101

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Abstract

This paper examines the use of institutional theory as a conceptually rich lens to study social issues of enterprise systems (ES) research. More precisely, the purpose is to categorize current ES research using institutional theory to develop a conceptual model that advances ES research. Key institutional features are presented such as isomorphism, rationalized myths, and bridging macro and micro structures, and institutional logics and their implications for ES research are discussed. Through a literature review of 181 articles, of which 18 papers are selected, the author’s built a conceptual model that advocates multi-level and multi-theory approaches and applies newer institutional aspects such as institutional logics. The findings show that institutional theory in ES research is in its infancy and adopts mainly traditional institutional aspects like isomorphism, with the organization as the level of analysis, and in several cases it is complemented by structuration theory and other theories.

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