Rationalizing, Probing, Understanding: the Evolution of the Inter-Organizational Systems Adoption Field
Big Island, HI, USA
Jan. 6, 2003 to Jan. 9, 2003
Somasundaram Ramanathan , Aalborg University
Previous surveys of the Inter-Organizational Systems (IOS) adoption field have developed taxonomic schemes to improve general understanding of the field. This paper instead studies the historical development of the field and describes its evolution in a stage model. In the rationalizing stage researchers tried to discover and communicate reasons for some apparently successful adoptions of IOS. However it soon became clear that IOS adoption was relatively limited and in the probing stage the focus changed to investigating the failure of the promised seamless integration. No unified coherent theoretical account emerged from these studies, so in the understanding stage researchers widened the focus of study to try to develop a richer account of the many complex influences on IOS adoption. The three stages are associated with different objectives, assumptions, theoretical backgrounds and research approaches.
Inter-Organizational Systems (IOS), adoption, review, research approach and theory application
Somasundaram Ramanathan, "Rationalizing, Probing, Understanding: the Evolution of the Inter-Organizational Systems Adoption Field", HICSS, 2003, 36th Hawaii International Conference on Systems Sciences, 36th Hawaii International Conference on Systems Sciences 2003, pp. 254, doi:10.1109/HICSS.2003.1174732