INFORMATION USE ENVIRONMENTS AND STRUCTURATION - TOWARDS AN INTEGRATION OF TAYLOR AND GIDDENS

Authors
Citation
H. Rosenbaum, INFORMATION USE ENVIRONMENTS AND STRUCTURATION - TOWARDS AN INTEGRATION OF TAYLOR AND GIDDENS, Proceedings of the ASIS annual meeting, 30, 1993, pp. 235-245
Citations number
26
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Information Science & Library Science","Information Science & Library Science
ISSN journal
0044-7870
Volume
30
Year of publication
1993
Pages
235 - 245
Database
ISI
SICI code
0044-7870(1993)30:<235:IUEAS->2.0.ZU;2-W
Abstract
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.