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Diagnosing the techno-relational action space;: Finding institutional and individual dimensions for innovation in transformational government
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Information Technology and Media. (CITIZYS)
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences. (CITIZYS)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5337-3287
2011 (English)In: Transforming Government: People, Process and Policy, ISSN 1750-6166, Vol. 5, no 4, 364-378 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose – The overall purpose of this paper is to contribute to the discussion of the IT-related public sector transformation by reintroducing the question of employees’ organisational power and position in technological and technocratic systems.

 

Design/methodology/approach – To examine how formal organisational positions, together with the way in which employees position themselves in relation to technology, affect how employees interpret their accessible action space (position and action strategy) a survey in a local municipality were conducted.

Findings – As indicated by our hypothesis, the empirical results verify that the techno-relational action space is two-dimensional, consisting of both a formal position (how the organisational members are positioned) and a certain amount of action space outside a formal position (i.e. how they are position themselves). Elaborating on these dimensions generates rewarding insights into a micro-change perspective where technology-related innovation processes are concerned.

Originality/value – The paper combines analysis of how the organisational members position themselves in relation to technology with how they are positioned organisationally in relation to technology and structures of power. Instead, we claim, that he techno-relational space is both a matter of how the organisational members position themselves in relation to technology and a matter of how they are positioned organisationally in relation to technology and structures of power.

Practical implications: Identifying and acknowledging employees perceived techno-relational action space is of great importance in understanding organisational members’ participation, cooperation and innovative capability in government transformation.

 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. Vol. 5, no 4, 364-378 p.
Keyword [en]
Employees behaviour; Innovation; Institutional and individual positions and dimensions; Public sector; Sweden; Techno-relational action space; Transformational government
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-13323DOI: 10.1108/17506161111173603Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-80053635437OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-13323DiVA: diva2:400811
Available from: 2011-02-28 Created: 2011-02-28 Last updated: 2016-09-29Bibliographically approved

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