Lars Taxén, René Riedl,
"Understanding Coordination in the Information Systems Domain: Conceptualization and Implications."
, in Journal of Information Technology and Application, Vol. 17, Nummer 1, Seite(n) 5-40, 2016, ISSN: 1532-3416
Understanding Coordination in the Information Systems Domain: Conceptualization and Implications.
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In this paper, we suggest a new conceptualization of coordination in the information systems (IS) domain. The
conceptualization builds on neurobiological predispositions for coordinating actions. We assume that human evolution
has led to the development of a neurobiological substrate that enables individuals to coordinate everyday actions. At
heart, we discuss six activity modalities: contextualization, objectivation, spatialization, temporalization, stabilization,
and transition. Specifically, we discuss that these modalities need to collectively function for successful coordination.
To illustrate as much, we apply our conceptualization to important IS research areas, including project management
and interface design. Generally, our new conceptualization holds value for coordination research on all four levels of
analysis that we identified based on reviewing the IS literature (i.e., group, intra-organization, inter-organization, and
IT artifact). In this way, our new approach, grounded in neurobiological findings, provides a high-level theory to
explain coordination success or coordination failure and, hence, is independent from a specific level of analysis. From
a practitioner?s perspective, the conceptualization provides a guideline for designing organizational interventions and
IT artifacts. Because social initiatives are essential in multiple IS domains (e.g., software development,
implementation of enterprise systems) and because the design of collaborative software tools is an important IS topic,
this paper con