Subscribe Now Subscribe Today
Research Article
 

The Impact of Symbolic power on Information Systems Adoption: A Bourdieusian Perspective



Huifen Wang and Wenhui Ye
 
ABSTRACT

IS adoption is a complex issue of socio-technical interaction and a lot of organizations can’t utilize it successfully. We should not pay attention to power shift activities and IS attributes such as MRPII/ERP/ERPII but adopt relation thinking mode to explore the nature of IS as symbolic power and cause mechanism of power alteration in IS adoption. In the study, we use critical realism to explore change of power relations in IS adoption processes and construct the model of the symbolic power generation mechanism based on Bourdieu’s social practice theory. From symbolic power perspective, we conclude that character status and role prestige is ascribed to IS, implementation of an IS is configuration of power relation designed by IS software vendors. We propose a framework for analyzing IS as symbolic power to explain the regular pattern and the process of IS adoption and recommend that one must review power from relation thinking mode in IS adoption.

Services
Related Articles in ASCI
Similar Articles in this Journal
Search in Google Scholar
View Citation
Report Citation

 
  How to cite this article:

Huifen Wang and Wenhui Ye , 2013. The Impact of Symbolic power on Information Systems Adoption: A Bourdieusian Perspective. Journal of Applied Sciences, 13: 2940-2946.

DOI: 10.3923/jas.2013.2940.2946

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=jas.2013.2940.2946

REFERENCES
Archer, M., 1995. Realist Social Theory: The Morphogenetic Approach. Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, ISBN: 9780521481762.

Archer, M., 2010. Critical realism and relational sociology: Complementarity and synergy. J. Critical Realism, 9: 199-207.
Direct Link  |  

Bariff, M.L. and J.R. Galbraith, 1978. Intraorganizational power considerations for designing information systems. Account. Organiz. Soc., 3: 15-27.
CrossRef  |  Direct Link  |  

Bond, B., Y. Genovese, D. Miklovic, N. Wood, B. Zrimsek and N. Rayner, 2000. ERP is dead-long live ERPII. Research Note, Gartner Group, ID Number: SPA-12-0420. http://www.gartner.com/id=314701.

Bourdieu, P. and L. Wacquant, 1992. An Invitation to Reflexive Sociology. Polity Press, Cambridge, ISBN: 9780226067407.

Bourdieu, P., 1977. Outline of a Theory of Practice. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK., ISBN-10: 052129164X, Pages: 224.

Bourdieu, P., 1984. Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgment of Taste. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA., USA.

Bourdieu, P., 1985. The social space and the genesis of groups. Theory Soc., 14: 723-744.
CrossRef  |  Direct Link  |  

Bourdieu, P., 1986. The Forms of Capital. In: Handbook for Theory and Research for the Sociology of Education, Richardson, J.E. (Ed.). Greenwood Press, India, pp: 241-258.

Bourdieu, P., 1989. Social space and symbolic power. Sociological Theory, 7: 14-25.
CrossRef  |  Direct Link  |  

Bourdieu, P., 1990. Photography: A Middle-Brow Art. Polity Press, Cambridge, ISBN: 9780804726894.

Bourdieu, P., 1991. Language and Symbolic Power. Polity Press, Cambridge, ISBN: 9780674510418.

Bourdieu, P., J.C. Chamboredon and J.C. Passeron, 1968. Le Metier de Sociologue. Mouton/Bordas, Paris.

Business Week Research Services, 2008. New-world value: The strategic impact of business application suites in Today's corporate environment. Business Week Research Services, November 2008. http://whitepapers.technologyevaluation.com/view_document/10247/newworld-value-the-strategic-impact-of-business-application-suites-in-todays-corporate-environment.html.

Calhoun, C., E. LiPuma and M. Postone, 1993. Bourdieu: Critical Perspectives. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, ISBN: 9780226090931.

Latham, R. and S. Sassen, 2005. Digital Formations: IT and New Architectures in the Global Realm. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ., ISBN: 9780691119861.

Markus, M.L. and J. Pfeffer, 1983. Power and the design and implementation of accounting and control systems. Account. Organiz. Soc., 8: 205-218.
Direct Link  |  

Moller, C., 2005. ERP II: A conceptual framework for next-generation enterprise systems? J. Enterprise Inform. Manage., 18: 483-497.
CrossRef  |  Direct Link  |  

Swartz, D. and V. Zolberg, 2004. After Bourdieu: Influence, Critique, Elaboration. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, ISBN: 9781402038525.

Swartz, D.L., 2003. Drawing inspiration from Bourdieu's sociology of symbolic power. Theory Soc., 32: 519-528.
CrossRef  |  Direct Link  |  

Wacquant, L.J.D., 1989. Towards a reflexive sociology: A workshop with Pierre Bourdieu. Sociological Theory, 7: 26-63.
Direct Link  |  

Webb, J., T. Schirato and G. Danaher, 2005. Understanding Bourdieu. Sage Publications, London, ISBN: 9780761974635.

Weston Jr., F.D.T., 2003. ERP II: The extended enterprise system. Bus. Horizon, 46: 49-55.
CrossRef  |  Direct Link  |  

©  2019 Science Alert. All Rights Reserved