Understanding the actualization of affordances: A study in the process modeling context

Bernhard, Eike, Recker, Jan C., & Burton-Jones, Andrew (2013) Understanding the actualization of affordances: A study in the process modeling context. In International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2013), 15-18 December 2013, Università Bocconi, Milan.

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The affordances concept describes the possibilities for goal-oriented action that technical objects offer to specified users. This notion has received growing attention from IS researchers. However, few studies have gone beyond contextualizing parts of the concept to a specific setting – the tip of the iceberg. In this research-in-progress paper, we report on our efforts to further develop the IS discipline’s understanding of affordances from informational objects. Specifically, we seek to extend extant theory on the origin and actualization of affordances. We develop a model that describes the process by which affordances are perceived and actualized and their dependence on information and actualization effort. We illustrate our emergent theory in the context of conceptual process models used by analysts for purposes of information systems analysis and design. We offer suggestions for operationalizing and testing this model empirically, and provide details about our design of a mixed-methods study currently in progress.

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ID Code: 63052
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Affordances, Business process modeling, Theory building, Mixed methods, Business Process Management
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600)
Divisions: Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 01 Oct 2013 22:29
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2017 22:00

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