"I Can Simply…"? Theorizing Simplicity as a Design Principle and Usage Factor

Matthias Trier, Alexander Richter

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    The usage of social software to support collaboration and knowledge management in corporate intranets is a pervasive topic in practice and research. However, there remain many open research questions concerning its socio-technical system design. To address this gap and to contribute to a deeper understanding of the role and success of corporate social software, we first identify and conceptualize simplicity as an influential design principle and usage factor. We propose a theoretical framework that helps us to empirically study the role of simplicity based on six case vignettes of corporate social software implementation and use. From the theoretical basis and the empirical analysis we develop a series of theoretical propositions and discuss implications for IS design and adoption.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationECIS 2013 Proceedings
    Number of pages12
    Place of PublicationAtlanta, GA
    PublisherAssociation for Information Systems. AIS Electronic Library (AISeL)
    Publication date2013
    Article numberPaper 79
    ISBN (Print)9783834924421
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    EventThe 21st European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS) 2013 - Utrecht University, Utrecht Science Park 'de Uithof', Utrecht, Netherlands
    Duration: 5 Jun 20138 Jun 2013
    Conference number: 21


    ConferenceThe 21st European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS) 2013
    LocationUtrecht University, Utrecht Science Park 'de Uithof'
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    SeriesProceedings of the European Conference on Information Systems

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