Tensions to Frictions? Exploring Sources of Ineffectiveness in Multi-Level IT Use

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    There is a notable paucity of multi-level analyses of IT use in IS research. Often, analyses limited to a single level are problematic, as multi-level effects cannot be accounted for. For example, online communities, such as the one examined in this paper, build on network effects: they can provide more value to all members collectively whenever each individual member participates more actively. This example also highlights the importance of usage effectiveness – the rather commonsense, yet often explicitly unexamined, idea that IT systems are not used for their own sake, but to attain relevant goals. Given these challenges, we set out to explore what factors contribute to ineffectiveness in multi-level IT use in the context of an online community. Our initial analysis reveals two novel concepts – frictions and tensions – that could help researchers and practitioners in better understanding the obstacles to achieving effective multi-level IT use.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 35th International Conference on Information Systems. ICIS 2014
    EditorsElena Karahanna, Ananth Srinivasan, Bernard Tan
    Number of pages10
    Place of PublicationAtlanta, GA
    PublisherAssociation for Information Systems. AIS Electronic Library (AISeL)
    Publication date2014
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    EventThe 35th International Conference on Information Systems. ICIS 2014: Building a Better World through Information Systems - The University of Auckland Business School, Auckland, New Zealand
    Duration: 14 Dec 201417 Dec 2014
    Conference number: 35


    ConferenceThe 35th International Conference on Information Systems. ICIS 2014
    LocationThe University of Auckland Business School
    Country/TerritoryNew Zealand
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    SeriesProceedings of the International Conference on Information Systems

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