A virus perspective on digital innovation

Mette Strange Noesgaard, Jeppe Agger Nielsen, Tina Blegind Jensen, Lars Mathiassen

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Resumé

Researchers have successfully used contagion metaphors such as diffusion, fashion, and mimicking to shed light on how digital innovations spread across an organizational field. In this paper, we extend this line of inquiry by applying virus theory to a longitudinal investigation of how three Danish public home care organizations adopted mobile technology into their day-to-day operations as part of a national digital innovation program. Focusing on how ideas (the virus) play out within individual organizations (the hosts), virus theory helped us reveal how each of the three organizations adapted the same ideas differently as mechanisms of infectiousness, immunity, replication, incubation, mutation, and dormancy shaped their implementation and extended use of mobile technology. Based on the empirical findings, we argue that virus theory offers new insights into contagion across an organizational field in digital innovation compared to knowledge derived from established theories of diffusion, fashion, and mimicking. In conclusion, we outline future research avenues to advance the virus perspective in IS research.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
Publikationsdato14 aug. 2019
StatusUdgivet - 14 aug. 2019
BegivenhedIRIS: Information systems research seminar - Nokia, Tampere, Finland
Varighed: 12 aug. 201914 aug. 2019
Konferencens nummer: 42

Konference

KonferenceIRIS
Nummer42
LokationNokia
LandFinland
ByTampere
Periode12/08/201914/08/2019

Emneord

  • Digital innovation
  • contagion
  • virus metaphor
  • Longitudinal case study

Citer dette

Noesgaard, M. S., Agger Nielsen, J., Jensen, T. B., & Mathiassen, L. (2019). A virus perspective on digital innovation. Afhandling præsenteret på IRIS, Tampere, Finland.
Noesgaard, Mette Strange ; Agger Nielsen, Jeppe ; Jensen, Tina Blegind ; Mathiassen, Lars. / A virus perspective on digital innovation. Afhandling præsenteret på IRIS, Tampere, Finland.
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2019. Afhandling præsenteret på IRIS, Tampere, Finland.

Publikation: Konferencebidrag uden forlag/tidsskriftPaper uden forlag/tidsskriftForskningpeer review

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Noesgaard MS, Agger Nielsen J, Jensen TB, Mathiassen L. A virus perspective on digital innovation. 2019. Afhandling præsenteret på IRIS, Tampere, Finland.