Theorisation in Critical Realist Is Research and Its Implications on Structure and Agency Interplay: A Morphogenetic Approach

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Provided by: University of Canterbury
Topic: Software
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The paper develops a conceptual framework to advance the understanding on theorising the socio-materiality of Information Technology (IT) especially with regards to a complex inverse Information Infrastructure (II) that depicts emergent usage behaviour. Drawing on Archer's morphogenetic approach, derived from the Critical Realism (CR) philosophy, the authors discuss the relevance of understanding theory/theorisation from a critical realist perspective and its implications on structure and agency interplay. They also highlight the contributions of realists' theorisation to IS research and the need to identify the mechanisms that give rise to emergent IT usage as a future research endeavour.
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