The socio-technical dimension of inertia in digital transformations

Schmid, Alexander M., Recker, Jan, & vom Brocke, Jan (2017) The socio-technical dimension of inertia in digital transformations. In 50th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 2017), 4-7 January 2017, Hilton Waikoloa Village, Hawaii.

Abstract

When organizations undertake large transformation initiatives enabled by information technology, these efforts are often hampered by inertia. The literature suggests that inertia plays a dual role in organizations: it is both required for organizational efficiency and an antecedent of resistance to change. While traditionally inertia is believed to reside in human actors, we suggest that inertia is rooted in multiple facets – in routines, resources such as social agents, and also technology – and plays on multiple levels – at individual, group, and organizational ones. In this essay, we propose a new conceptualization of inertia that encompasses and integrates these elements. Our model suggests that inertia occurs as path-dependent rigidity in organizational behavior through the coalescence of social entities with technology artifacts. We illustrate our new understanding of inertia by revisiting two case vignettes of inertia and impeded digital transformations.

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ID Code: 102229
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Socio-technical Dimension, Inertia, Digital Transformations
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Business Information Systems (150302)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Innovation and Technology Management (150307)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2017 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 06 Dec 2016 23:50
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2017 03:58

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