Little is known about mobile-based information system (hereafter MbUS) affordances in the manufacturing sector, particularly in the Bangladeshi ready-made garment (hereafter RMG) industry - the major contributor to the national economy. However, the sector faces challenges in communication, worker disempowerment, and long lead times to produce finished goods. Research suggests that MbUS has potential development impact to improve communication, co-ordination, and empowerment. This study narrows the gap through utilizing affordance theory as a theoretical lens to examine MbUS affordance applied to Bangladeshi RMGs. Using 39 interviews, this research explores five MbUS affordances - connectivity, mobility, agility, empowerment and governance, and their relationship to Bangladeshi RMGs. Furthermore, we identify empowerment as a crucial affordance rarely identified in prior RMG literature. Our findings have potential value to RMGs, government, and mobile telecommunications.
|Number of pages||18|
|Journal||Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries|
|Early online date||22 Jan 2021|
|Publication status||E-pub ahead of print - 22 Jan 2021|
- affordance theory
- mobile information systems