Actors and networks or agents and structures: towards a realist view of information systems

Mutch, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-8054-6649, 2002. Actors and networks or agents and structures: towards a realist view of information systems. Organization, 9 (3), pp. 477-496. ISSN 1350-5084

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Abstract

Actor-network theory (ANT) has achieved a measure of popularity in the analysis of information systems. This paper looks at ANT from the perspective of the social realism of Margaret Archer. It argues that the main issue with ANT from a realist perspective is its adoption of a `flat' ontology, particularly with regard to human beings. It explores the value of incorporating concepts from ANT into a social realist approach, but argues that the latter offers a more productive way of approaching information systems.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Organization
Creators: Mutch, A.
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.
Place of Publication: London
Date: 2002
Volume: 9
Number: 3
ISSN: 1350-5084
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10.1177/135050840293013DOI
Rights: Copyright 2002 by Sage Publications. All rights reserved. No portion of the contents may be reproduced in any form without written permission of the publisher
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:49
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:40
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/18568

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