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Actors influencing sense-making of ICT adoption in SMEs: The case of Zenergy AB
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Business Administration. (Ana-Maria Onicescu and Karolina Gurbin)
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]


Every company nowadays needs to use ICT artifacts to cope with the business development. The adoption and use of ICT involves different actors who make sense of ICT in relation to their work environment. This thesis focuses on the relationships between the actors involved in SME’s ICT adoption and their influence upon the process.


The purpose of this thesis is to explore the interactions between different actors in the SME’s network and analyze how they influence the SMEs ICT adoption process.


An embedded single case study strategy was chosen as research strategy, in line with the explorative nature of the purpose. A conceptual framework was created giving structure to the entire research. The empirical data was gathered through observations, one in-depth interview and ten semi-structured interviews. The method used for data analysis had the same qualitative and deductive nature following the areas highlighted by the conceptual framework; the data was summarized condensing meanings around the relationships between actors and the evolution of the sense-making process of ICT adoption, in order to provide answers to the two research questions.


The research has shown that the customer and the strategic suppliers as human actors have an important influence on the sense-making process of ICT adoption as well as the non-human actor - the ICT artifact. The actors are influencing the ICT adoption process through series of adaptive processes generated by an inter-organizational sense-making process shaped by the design of the ICT artifact. The study contributes to the body of knowledge through a new construct that enriches the conceptual framework with the findings of the research.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 62 p.
JIBS Dissertation Series, ISSN 1403-0470
Keyword [en]
Sense-making, inter-organizational sense-making, SME, ICT adoption
National Category
Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-27071ISRN: JU-IHH-FÖA-2-20150076OAI: diva2:819053
Available from: 2015-06-16 Created: 2015-06-09 Last updated: 2015-06-16Bibliographically approved

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