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What is an ensemble artefact?
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, VITS - Development of Informations Systems and Work Context. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2012 (English)Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper investigates the notion of an ensemble artefact. This concept is proposed by Sein et al (2011) in their description of the Action Design Research method. This concept is based on the ensemble view of IT artefacts, which is described by Orlikowski & Iacono (2001) together with four other views. The conceptual travel from ensemble view to ensemble artefact is found problematic and is the impetus for a conceptual inquiry conducted in this paper. The conceptual investigation is supported by the use of a case illustration of an IT artefact in the social welfare sector. The different views from Orlikowski & Iacono are analysed and compared. The suggested conceptualisation of IT artefacts based on the ensemble view, made by Orlikowski & Iacono, is also analysed. Based on these analyses an alternative view is articulated: A communication tool view of IT artefacts. This view is compared with the ensemble view, especially in a design research context. The notion of ensemble artefact is contested, and so is also the suggested use of it as a main conceptual basis in design research.

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IT artefact, ensemble view, design research, communication tool
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Information Systems
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-86950OAI: diva2:583573
Wworkshop on IT Artefact Design and Workpractice Intervention, 10 July 2012, Barcelona
Available from: 2013-01-14 Created: 2013-01-08 Last updated: 2013-01-28Bibliographically approved

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