Between Eternity and Actualization: The Co-Evolution of the Fields of Communication in the Vatican

Communications of the AIS, Vol. 18, pp. 355-391, 2006

39 Pages Posted: 8 Jan 2009

Date Written: January 6, 2009

Abstract

Most research on structuration or the appropriation of ICT in organizations has put aside the problem of dyschronies. It has not taken into account the differences in nature, speed, and temporality of changes that co-exist within an organization. To address this limitation, the author of this paper suggests a model based on the theory of practice and neo-institutionalist perspectives, so as to make sense of the co-evolution of intra-organizational fields. This model, which proposes a balance between various institutional tensions, has been worked out inductively from a longitudinal case study on communication fields within the Roman Curia, the administrative headquarters of the Catholic Church located in the Vatican. These tensions are related to socio-technical, socio-theological, socio-organizational, and socio-economic areas. A set of propositions regarding the link between intra-organizational fields and tensions and the relationships between intra-organizational fields (parallel, convergent, and competing evolutions) is proposed.

Keywords: Dyschronies, organizational fields, Vatican, Roman Curia, Structuration, Institutions, Alter, DiMaggio, Powell

JEL Classification: M10

Suggested Citation

de Vaujany, Francois-Xavier, Between Eternity and Actualization: The Co-Evolution of the Fields of Communication in the Vatican (January 6, 2009). Communications of the AIS, Vol. 18, pp. 355-391, 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1323865

Francois-Xavier De Vaujany (Contact Author)

Université Paris-Dauphine ( email )

Place du Maréchal de Lattre de Tassigny
Paris, 75016
France

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