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The Unit Of Analysis In Is Theory: The Case For Activity, Helen Hasan, Sumayya Banna Mar 2012

The Unit Of Analysis In Is Theory: The Case For Activity, Helen Hasan, Sumayya Banna

Sumayya a Banna

In the field of IS, researchers use and adapt existing theories to make sense of their data. They also build new theory from their research findings. The way theory is used, adapted or created usually assumes a certain unit of analysis, which could be the artefact, the system, the organisation, the user, the developer, the team or something else. In this paper we propose that ‘activity’ should also be considered as a suitable unit of analysis for theory in IS since the purpose of any information systems is to facilitate activities of use. To support this proposition, we describe tenets ...