Sociomateriality - More than Jargon Monoxide? Questions from the Jester to the Sovereigns

Karlheinz Kautz, Tina Blegind Jensen

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The notion of ‘Sociomateriality’ has recently gained in popularity among information systems (IS) scholars in their search for providing new ways of investigating and theorizing about IS in organizations and society at large. While some scholars put forward arguments and research accounts that lead to new insights, others expose a cursory treatment and partial appreciation of the idea. In addition, sociomateriality as a new worldview has been criticized for introducing yet more academic jargon monoxide. Although existing research and debates show some potential for progressing the theorizing of ‘man-machine’ reconfigurations, we point to the necessity of a deeper exploration of the
term. Inspired by the call for papers of the Alternative Genres Track at ECIS 2012, the purpose is to “take a fresh look, to evoke new insights and to gain deeper understanding” of the notion of sociomateriality in IS. Towards this aim, the reader is invited to attend a prolonged monologue – characterized by honesty, frank observations and wit – delivered by the court jester and directed to the
sovereigns based on their writings. The intention is to contribute with a stimulating recital that builds on open-minded questions in the pursuit of key reflections to inform our research discipline.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationECIS 2012 Proceedings
EditorsJan Pries-Heje, Mike Chiasson, Jonathan Wareham, Xavier Busquets, Josep Valor , Sandra Seiber
Number of pages12
Place of PublicationAtlanta, GA
PublisherAssociation for Information Systems. AIS Electronic Library (AISeL)
Publication date2012
ChapterPaper 54
ISBN (Electronic)9788488971548
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event20th European Conference on Information Systems, ECIS 2012 - Eade Business School, Ramon Llull University, Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 10 Jun 201213 Jun 2012
Conference number: 20


Conference20th European Conference on Information Systems, ECIS 2012
LocationEade Business School, Ramon Llull University
Internet address
SeriesProceedings of the European Conference on Information Systems

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