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About Appropriation of Mobile Applications - The Applicability of Structural Features and Spirit

Publiceringsår: 2008
Språk: Engelska
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: ECIS 2008 Proceedings
Dokumenttyp: Konferensbidrag
Förlag: European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS) at AIS Electronic Library (AISeL)


This paper presents early findings of a study on how users appropriate a computerised mobile system

designed to administer service orders. The theoretical lens used was Adaptive Structuration Theory

(AST) and focused on Structural Features, Spirit and Appropriation of Structure. In order to

accomplish the purpose, two aspects were to be considered: the system’s structure and the user’s

appropriation, because the structure of a system affects the appropriation of the system. The study was

conducted at a large international company’s Swedish subsidiary operating in heavy industry,

machines and transportation. The methods used were a blend of several instruments, such as

analysing documents, observations and interviews. These qualitative empirical data were analysed

from the perspective of AST. The initial results demonstrate that some of the tested constructs within

AST are not applicable to computerised mobile information and therefore some adjustments must be

made in AST to fit the mobile computing domain. In order to test these results further, at least two

possible strategies lie ahead: either a closer study of the underlying assumptions of Structural

Features and Spirit or a broader test of more of the propositions in the AST framework.


  • Information Systems, Social aspects
  • Adaptive Structuration Theory
  • AST
  • Mobile Information Systems
  • Nomadic
  • Nomadic Systems
  • Appropriation
  • Structural Features
  • Spirit


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