NOTES ON A STRUCTURATIONAL VIEW OF DIGITAL INFORMATION IN ORGANIZATIONS

Authors
Citation
H. Rosenbaum, NOTES ON A STRUCTURATIONAL VIEW OF DIGITAL INFORMATION IN ORGANIZATIONS, Proceedings of the ASIS annual meeting, 34, 1997, pp. 328-334
Citations number
23
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Information Science & Library Science","Computer Science Information Systems","Computer Science Information Systems
ISSN journal
0044-7870
Volume
34
Year of publication
1997
Pages
328 - 334
Database
ISI
SICI code
0044-7870(1997)34:<328:NOASVO>2.0.ZU;2-B
Abstract
Information has become an important resource in organizations and is o nce again moving into the center of research attention, especially as more of this information is rendered in digital form. When digital inf ormation is considered as an organizational resource, it is an underth eorized concept. In an effort to rethink this concept, this paper prop oses a structurational framework for digital organizational informatio n within which this type of information is treated as a resource in an organizational information use environment (IUE). One objective of th is paper is to develop this framework in detail, clarifying a base fro m which the social implications of organizational digital information may be explored. The structuration approach is used because it is ''a highly useful framework for the analysis of organizations'' (Mills and Murgatroyd (1991; 12). The structurational conception of digital orga nizational information as a resource is an important element of an org anization's IUE, because of the way in which it can extend the power o f those who control it(Rosenbaum, 1996b; Orlikowski, 1992). Taylor's(1 991) concept of the IUE is used because it focuses on the organization al environment in ''information terms.'' A second objective of this pa per is to argue that the access to and control of digital information in organizations is a fundamental characteristic of the structuration of modern organizations which must be given serious and sustained rese arch attention.