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Title: Social Conceptualizations of Technology Structuring: A Comparative Analysis of Wikis at Two Global Organizations
Authors: Mansour, Osama
Randall, Dave
Askenäs, Linda
Department: Other
Issue Date: Jul-2013
Journal Title: International Journal of Virtual Communities and Social Networking
Volume: 5
Issue: 3
Pages: 35
Publisher: IGI Global
Media type: text
Publication type: article, peer reviewed scientific
Keywords: Wikis
Subject Category: Subject categories::Social Sciences::Computer and Information Science::Computer and Information Science::Information Systems
Research Group: Social Media Studies
Area of Research: Social Media Studies
Strategic Research Area: Library and information science
Abstract: The widespread adoption and use of social media in almost every aspect of our daily lives may outpace existing empirical understandings. In organizations, social media are increasingly used by professional individuals and communities to support dynamic collaboration and knowledge sharing. While there is a growing amount of research on this subject, still little is known on how people use different kinds of social media in practice. That is, there is a need for an empirical understanding that addresses actual use practices of social media within the formal boundaries of organizations. To this end, we report on results from a qualitative comparative study of the use of wikis at two global organizations. Our aim is to develop an empirical understanding of the enactment of structures and the ways by which people structure and organize their wiki use practices by drawing on Orlikowski's (2000) practice lens. The findings from the authors analysis suggest a number of enacted structures that reflect diverse wiki use practices. The main contribution centers on developing three key mechanisms that provide means for understanding the structuring of the use of technology.
DOI: 10.4018/ijvcsn.2013070103
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