Towards unraveling power dynamics in Information Systems research: A systematic literature review through the lens of activity theory

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Abstract

This paper addresses the gap in the literature regarding power dynamics in Information Systems (IS) literature by conducting a review of relevant research. It examines power relationships and contradictions embedded in organisational activity systems, using activity theory as a theoretical lens. By synthesising the findings of 55 papers published in the senior scholars’ list of IS journals, the paper provides insights into the reciprocal impact of power contradictions in activity systems and how different elements of an activity
system influence power relationships. The study aims to shed light on the influence of IS/IT artefacts on power dynamics, thus aiding the design of interventions addressing stakeholders’ concerns and facilitating the successful adoption of IT artefacts. It further proposes a fresh perspective on activity theory for systems reliant on IS/IT artefacts. This work contributes to the broader understanding of power dynamics in IS, providing a basis for future research in the field.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationACIS 2023
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 34th Australasian Conference on Information Systems
Place of PublicationWellington, New Zealand
PublisherAIS Electronic Library (AISeL)
Pages1-14
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 2023
EventAustralasian Conference on Information Systems (34th : 2023) - Wellington, New Zealand
Duration: 5 Dec 20238 Dec 2023

Conference

ConferenceAustralasian Conference on Information Systems (34th : 2023)
Country/TerritoryNew Zealand
CityWellington
Period5/12/238/12/23

Bibliographical note

Copyright © 2023 Alireza Amrollahi and Masoud Afshari Mofrad. Version archived for private and non-commercial use with the permission of the author/s and according to publisher conditions. For further rights please contact the publisher.

Keywords

  • Power
  • Activity Theory
  • Power Conflict
  • Contradiction

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