Toward a Theory of IOIS Variance: A New Framework for Studying Inter-Organisational Information Systems

International Journal of Strategic Information Technology and Applications, 1(3), 36-56

Posted: 2 Apr 2018

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Kai Reimers

RWTH Aachen University, Research Group Electronic Business

Robert B. Johnston

University College Dublin (UCD) - UCD School of Business

Stefan Klein

University of Muenster

Date Written: September 1, 2010

Abstract

Observing that existing models of inter-organisational information systems IOIS have not been developed to explain IOIS variance, in this paper the authors develop three criteria a new theoretical framework should meet: 1 It should support identification of and distinction between essential properties of IOIS; 2 it should explain the resilience of IOIS, that is, why properties of IOIS persist in the face of environmental change; and 3 it should offer a way of describing IOIS on organisational and collective levels, that is, the level of various types of collectives of organisations, such as networks, associations or industries. This paper then assesses four theories commonly used in IOIS studies Transaction Cost Theory, Resource Dependence Theory, Neo-Institutionalism, and Structuration Theory in view of these three criteria. Based on this discussion, the authors develop a new framework for studying IOIS variance which views IOIS as constellations of aligned practices.

Suggested Citation

Reimers, Kai and Johnston, Robert B. and Klein, Stefan, Toward a Theory of IOIS Variance: A New Framework for Studying Inter-Organisational Information Systems (September 1, 2010). International Journal of Strategic Information Technology and Applications, 1(3), 36-56, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3150380

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Robert B. Johnston

University College Dublin (UCD) - UCD School of Business ( email )

Belfield
Ireland

Stefan Klein

University of Muenster ( email )

Department of Information Systems
Leonardo-Campus 11
Muenster, NRW D-48149
Germany

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