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Power relations in IS projects - a critical review and a new research


Ye, M and Marshall, P and McKay, J, Power relations in IS projects - a critical review and a new research, Proceedings of the 23rd Australasian Conference on Information Systems, 3-5 December 2012, Melbourne, Vic, pp. 1-13. ISBN 978-1-74156-172-2 (2012) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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This paper seeks to review and examine the major theoretical underpinnings of research into power relations in IS projects. In order to keep the review manageable and to furnish a reasonable explanation of the ideas and papers referenced, the review is restricted to the ideas of Foucault, Giddens and Clegg. Partly, this restriction was due to the wish of the authors to deal seriously with the ideas presented, and not to produce an exhaustive but terse and taxonomic style review. Partly, the selection of the above theorists is due to the fact that the major IS papers on power relations have drawn on their work. This paper concludes with the presentation of a new theory of power and social influence from social psychology suitable for use in IS research. The ideas of this theory have not yet been examined empirically. Thus, IS researchers are challenged to employ these ideas in their empirical research.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:power, influence, information systems projects, resistance, psychological group formation
Research Division:Information and Computing Sciences
Research Group:Information systems
Research Field:Information security management
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Management and productivity
Objective Field:Management
UTAS Author:Ye, M (Dr Michelle Ye)
UTAS Author:Marshall, P (Professor Peter Marshall)
ID Code:82017
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Information and Communication Technology
Deposited On:2013-01-14
Last Modified:2015-02-13
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