Systemic Power, Disciplinary Agency, and Developer–Business Client Relations

Bruce Rowlands, Karlheinz Kautz

Publikation: Bidrag til bog/antologi/rapportKonferencebidrag i proceedingsForskningpeer review

Abstrakt

This paper presents Hardy’s multi-dimensional model of power and illustrates its application to the field of IS. Findings from a case study of developer—business client power relations within a large financial institution are presented. Our findings indicate that from the developers’ perspective, the client exercised near complete control, with developers unwittingly playing a cooperative but submissive role. Our study makes two principal contributions. First, we combine Hardy’s (1996) multi-dimensional power framework and the principles of Pickering’s (1995) version of disciplinary agency to propose why the developer was compliant in this scenario of power inequality. Second, we examine how a development methodology helped convey symbolic and disciplinary power. By doing so we gain rich insight into how meaning power, and the power of the system institutionalised within the methodology, can constrain the actions of developers.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelProceedings of the 24th Australasian Conference on Information Systems 2013
RedaktørerHepu Deng, Craig Standing
Antal sider11
UdgivelsesstedMelbourne
ForlagRMIT University
Publikationsdato2013
ISBN (Trykt)9780992449506
StatusUdgivet - 2013
BegivenhedAustralasian Conference on Information Systems. ACIS 2013 - RMIT University, Melbourne, Australien
Varighed: 4 dec. 20136 dec. 2013
Konferencens nummer: 24
http://www.rmit.edu.au/acis2013

Konference

KonferenceAustralasian Conference on Information Systems. ACIS 2013
Nummer24
LokationRMIT University
LandAustralien
ByMelbourne
Periode04/12/201306/12/2013
Andet<br/>
Internetadresse

Emneord

  • Systemic power
  • Disciplinary agency
  • Method enactment
  • Developers
  • Qualitative research

Citationsformater