University of New Orleans Fund
This paper argues that IS theories should not ignore or background the relationship between individuals and technologies in explaining concepts such as adoption, innovation, diffusion, and practice. The relationships that individuals have with technologies should, arguably, be a core interest of IS because of the centrality of people and IT to the discipline. The neglect of individual relationships with IS/IT is surprising given the growth of customisation and personalisation of systems, as well as the increasing prevalence of devices such as Smartphones and tablets that blur the boundary between corporate and personal. Other disciplines recognise the importance of relationships in explaining core concepts, for example, the relationship between individuals and brands in marketing, individuals and others in sociology, and individuals and their thoughts in psychology.