University of North Dakota Research Foundation
Organizations are recognized today as part of business ecosystems that conduct activities with business partners in a cooperative fashion. In the authors' research they focus particularly on activities related to innovation in such inter-organizational co-operations. The role of Information Systems (IS) in inter-organizational cooperative innovation activities is significant. Boundary objects are used to understand interactions between actors with varying information and knowledge needs. While the vital role of boundary objects has been recognized in IS literature, less attention has been paid to the process of emergence of boundary objects. Boundary objects are often studied in their manifestations as single IT arte-facts such as a database or spread sheet.