Socio-Materiality as Lens to Study IT Driven Change

  • A. Carugati
  • C. Morelli
  • A. Giangreco


This paper reports the findings of a research into change during the constitution of an IT Group. Our main findings show that when an IT company acquires two similar companies, IT becomes a central part of the change program, differing from other change cases where IT is considered a peripheral component. We use the scaffold metaphor by Orlikowski [1] as a framework to interpret the case study. Our study is a primer in the use of socio-materiality as framework for interpreting IT-driven change and shows that this framework can highlight the most common characteristics of change while remaining practical and synthetic.


Material Characteristic Change Program Magic Bullet Information System Research Change Case 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Århus School of BusinessUniversity of ÅrhusÅrhusDenmark
  2. 2.Università Amedeo Avogadro e Università Carlo CattaneoCattaneoItaly
  3. 3.IESEG School of ManagementCatholic University of LilleLilleFrance

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