The Path Biography Methodology: Analyzing Self-Reinforcing Mechanisms on Technical and Organizational Levels

Matthias Wenzel, Daniel Fürstenau, Thomas Schmidt

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Abstrakt

While studies on self-reinforcing mechanisms in information systems (IS) research rely on methodologies that focus on the technical level without fully accounting for such effects on the organizational level, management research relies on methodologies that concentrate researchers’ efforts on the organizational level. The purpose of this paper is to introduce the Path Biography Methodology, a qualitative approach that helps researchers capture and analyze self-reinforcing mechanisms on and between technical and organizational levels. By synthesizing insights from IS and management research, we develop four principles that researchers should consider when applying the Path Biography Methodology. Using a path biography study of a university and its information system, we illustrate how researchers may apply this methodology to analyze self-reinforcing mechanisms. Overall, this paper lays the groundwork for a research methodology that enables researchers to capture and analyze selfreinforcing mechanisms on and between technical and organizational levels.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelProceedings of the Thirty Sixth International Conference on Information Systems. ICIS 2015
RedaktørerTraci Carte, Armin Heinzl, Cathy Urquhart
Antal sider21
UdgivelsesstedAtlanta, GA
ForlagAssociation for Information Systems. AIS Electronic Library (AISeL)
Publikationsdato2015
Artikelnummer1645
ISBN (Trykt)9780996683111
StatusUdgivet - 2015
Udgivet eksterntJa
BegivenhedThe 36th International Conference on Information Systems. ICIS 2015: Exploring the Information Frontier - Fort Worth Convention Center, Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Varighed: 13 dec. 201516 dec. 2015
Konferencens nummer: 36
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Konference

KonferenceThe 36th International Conference on Information Systems. ICIS 2015
Nummer36
LokationFort Worth Convention Center
Land/OmrådeUSA
ByFort Worth, Texas
Periode13/12/201516/12/2015
Internetadresse
NavnProceedings of the International Conference on Information Systems
ISSN0000-0033

Emneord

  • Qualitative research
  • Path biography
  • Self-reinforcing mechanisms
  • Path dependence

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