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
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
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