Taylor's value-added approach provides a parsimonious conceptual frame
work for the study of information use environments and information beh
aviors in organizational settings. However, the argument will be advan
ced that the explanatory power of the value-added approach is limited
because it is not adequately grounded in a theory of social action. As
a consequence, the interrelationship between two critical concepts, t
he information use environment and information behaviors, is not dear,
a problem which limits the usefulness of this approach. An attempt wi
ll be made to integrate these concepts into a social theory, Giddens'
structuration approach, in order to clarify the interrelationships bet
ween them, thereby extending the explanatory reach of the value-added
approach. Using structurationist terms, which will be explicated in th
is paper, it will be argued that information use environments and soci
al actors' information behaviors mutually and simultaneously constitut
e each other, and that the information use environment is an instantia
tion of the duality of structure.