W. van Osch
- A typology of affordances: untangling sociomaterial interactions through video analysis
- 32nd International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS)
- Book/source title
- ICIS 2011 proceedings: Thirty Second International Conference on Information Systems, Shanghai 2011
- Atlanta, GA: Association for Information Systems
- Document type
- Conference contribution
- Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB)
- Amsterdam Business School Research Institute (ABS-RI)
In this study we untangle the sociomaterial interactions between developers, users, and artifacts by analyzing what types of affordances occur in the interactions between actors and artifacts in the context of group generativity. Hereto, we conducted an in-depth ethnographic and interaction analysis of video data of the interactions of groups of people with each other and with a set of self-developed applications for supporting generative activities. On the basis of our findings, we propose a typology of affordances. Given that affordances are by definition sociomaterial, studying affordances helps us to provide empirical insights into sociomateriality. Furthermore, this typology of affordances enables us to empirically analyze the role of materiality as well as to theoretically explain how materiality affects the way people act and interact with each other and artifacts. Finally, important theoretical and methodological implications for the literature on sociomateriality are discussed.
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