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The Processes of Standardisation and Innovation, and Their Role in the Implementation of IT Systems

The Processes of Standardisation and Innovation, and Their Role in the Implementation of IT Systems
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Author(s): Kai Jakobs (Technical University of Aachen, Germany), Rob Procter (The University of Edinburgh, Scotland) and Robin Williams (The University of Edinburgh, Scotland)
Copyright: 2001
Pages: 4
Source title: Managing Information Technology in a Global Economy
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-930708-07-5.ch040

Abstract

This paper looks at the mutual interplay between information technology (IT) and its environment. Exploring specifically the issues surrounding innovations in the field of corporate IT systems we show that a distinction has to be made between different categories of information technology (IT) systems regarding their introduction, subsequent diffusion, and particularly their corporate usage. Strong relations and dependencies exist between standardiation, innovation and the subsequent implementation of IT systems. We argue that these activities must not be considered separately, especially as standards-based components are playing an increasingly important role in implementation processes. Consequently, the role of the users in, and their influence on, standards setting are addressed as well.

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