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The ICT convergence discourse in the information systems literature - a second-order observation

Herzhoff, Jan (2009) The ICT convergence discourse in the information systems literature - a second-order observation. In: 17th European Conference on Information Systems, 2009-06-08 - 2009-06-10.

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Abstract

The idea of ICT Convergence is used by many practitioners and observers - such as economists, politicians, journalists, and academics - as an important descriptor for technological change. However, a review of previous work in this field suggests that, despite more than 30 years of research on ICT Convergence, the theoretical basis of the concept of convergence is still under-researched. In particular in the IS literature, the concept has been either relegated to the sidelines or taken for granted without further reflection. Therefore, a systematic analysis of the idea of ICT Convergence from an IS perspective is needed. This paper aims to explore how the discourse of convergence is being shaped in the IS literature. In order to address this question, 317 articles published in ten leading IS journals from 1998 to 2008 have been examined. This study has been built around a Grounded Theory approach informed by Niklas Luhmann's Theory of Distinction. The findings show that convergence cannot be viewed as a single concept. Five archetypes of "convergence communication" are identified, and a conceptualization of ICT Convergence as a double process between alignment and interoperability is suggested. The main limitation of this paper is the focus on leading IS journals.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Official URL: http://www.ecis2009.it/
Additional Information: © 2009 The Author
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources > ZA4050 Electronic information resources
Sets: Research centres and groups > Information Systems and Innovation Group
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2012 09:39
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2020 01:58
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/47758

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