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Electronic trading and the process of globalization in traditional futures exchanges: a temporal perspective

Barrett, Michael and Scott, Susan (2004) Electronic trading and the process of globalization in traditional futures exchanges: a temporal perspective. European Journal of Information Systems, 13 (1). pp. 65-79. ISSN 0960-085X

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Identification Number: 10.1057/palgrave.ejis.3000487


This paper develops a temporal perspective to examine information and communication technologies (ICT) adoption and processes of globalization. The foundations of our theoretical approach explicitly draw upon three intersecting planes of temporality implicit in structuration; namely reversibility, irreversibility and institutionalization. We further develop our theoretical perspective by extending the scope of structuration to incorporate temporal features of Adam's social theory on 'global time'. We then use this temporal perspective to examine the emergence of electronic trading and the process of globalization across London and Chicago futures exchanges. Our analysis provides insights into the IT-enabled reconfiguration of these exchanges during processes of reproduction and change associated with globalization. We conclude with some key implications for e-trading strategy and consider changes in trader work life associated with the adoption of e-trading.

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Additional Information: © 2004 Palgrave Macmillan Ltd.
Divisions: Management
Centre for Economic Performance
Centre for Analysis of Risk & Regulation
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
T Technology > T Technology (General)
JEL classification: G - Financial Economics > G1 - General Financial Markets > G10 - General
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O3 - Technological Change; Research and Development > O33 - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2008 09:39
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2021 01:59

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