Identifying Disguised Objectives of IT Deployment Through Action Research

  • Peter Bou Saba
  • Mario SabaEmail author
  • Antoine Harfouche
Part of the Lecture Notes in Information Systems and Organisation book series (LNISO, volume 30)


Little research in IS has examined the contagion mechanisms of conflicts during IT deployment between organizational members in a network. A focus on an organizational network’s contagion mechanisms is important to anticipate potential contagious conflicts that may lead to the failure of a mutual IT project. The paper delivers the results of a 4-year action research project conducted at a leading French federation of agriculture cooperatives. The study reveals that identifying contagion mechanisms at the very preliminary phases of implementation may be strategic for a successful IT deployment, despite the tools’ imperfections. Destabilizing “automatic” conflict contagion between cooperatives have led to engaging contagious survival mechanisms, limiting conflict contagion and accelerating the tool’s adoption. For IS managers and practitioners, considering conflict contagion in the translation process, one can work to more actively contain and resolve conflicts before they have a chance to affect the rest of the members.


Conflict contagion Organizational network Agricultural cooperatives Actor network theory 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Bou Saba
    • 1
  • Mario Saba
    • 2
    Email author
  • Antoine Harfouche
    • 3
  1. 1.EDHEC Business School—Efficient InnovationParisFrance
  2. 2.Cesar Ritz Colleges Switzerland—Washington State University Carson College of Business, Switzerland International CenterBrigSwitzerland
  3. 3.EDHEC Business SchoolLilleFrance

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