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Actor Network Theory and IS Research

Actor Network Theory and IS Research
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Author(s): Amany Elbanna (Loughborough University, UK)
Copyright: 2009
Pages: 17
Source title: Handbook of Research on Contemporary Theoretical Models in Information Systems
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Yogesh K. Dwivedi (Swansea University, UK), Banita Lal (Nottingham Trent University, UK), Michael D. Williams (Swansea University, UK), Scott L. Schneberger (Principia College, USA) and Michael Wade (York University, Canada)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-659-4.ch023


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Actor network theory is a sociological theory that emerged as a useful vehicle to study technology and information systems. This chapter gives the reader some background about the development and emergence of this sociological theory. It reviews some of the premises of the theory and introduces the reader to key concepts and ideas. It also presents some of the critique of the theory, ANT authors’ response, and the implication on IS research. This chapter also gives the reader an overview of the application of ANT in different streams of IS research.

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