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Towards a Typological Theory of Organizational IT Innovation Adoption

Saeed Akhlaghpour
McGill University, Canada
Liette Lapointe
McGill University, Canada


Abstract
Through a review and synthesis of literature in IS and reference disciplines, a typological theory of organizational IT innovation adoption is developed. The theory goes beyond simple linear additive (or multiplicative) effects in the traditional paradigm of IT innovation research, and proposes that Ideal Types of IT adoption are outcomes of synergy among four typology constructs: IT Adoption Mechanism, Diffusion Source, IT Innovation Characteristics, and Organizational Characteristics. It then describes the resulting four ideal types (holistic configurations), namely, IT adoption for Efficiency Increment, IT adoption for Organizational Transformation, IT adoption for Compliance, and IT adoption for Prestige. This theory aims at resolving a number of limitations and inconsistencies found in the traditional paradigm of IT innovation diffusion research.

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Reference:Akhlaghpour, S., Lapointe, L. (2012). "Towards a Typological Theory of Organizational IT Innovation Adoption," Proceedings > Proceedings of JAIS Theory Development Workshop . Sprouts: Working Papers on Information Systems, 12(9). http://sprouts.aisnet.org/12-9
Keywords:IT Innovation Diffusion, Typological Theory, Mechanism-based Theorizing
Item Type:Article - Volume 12 Article 9 (2012)
Language:English
Email: Saeed Akhlaghpour (Saeed.Akhlaghpour@mail.mcgill.ca)
Liette Lapointe (Liette.Lapointe@mcgill.ca)

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