Positioning the institutional perspective in information systems research

  • Muriel Mignerat
  • Suzanne Rivard


In recent years, a number of studies have adopted institutional theory as a perspective for examining Information Systems (IS)/Information Technology (IT)-related phenomena such as IT innovation, IS development and implementation, and IT adoption and use. The objective of this paper is to take stock of how institutional theory is being used in IS research. To this end, it first proposes a conceptual framework to encapsulate the main concepts of institutional theory. Second, it synthesizes the findings of 53 articles that adopted an institutional perspective to study IS/IT phenomena. Finally, it identifies conceptual and methodological issues that researchers need to address when adopting an institutional perspective.


literature review institutional theory innovation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Muriel Mignerat
    • 1
  • Suzanne Rivard
    • 2
  1. 1.Telfer School of ManagementUniversity of OttawaOttawaCanada
  2. 2.HEC MontrealMontrealCanada

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