Affordance Perceptions under Malleable Information Technology: A Social Cognitive Theory Perspective

Lehrig, Tim; Krancher, Oliver; Dibbern, Jens (2019). Affordance Perceptions under Malleable Information Technology: A Social Cognitive Theory Perspective (In Press). In: Fortieth International Conference on Information Systems.

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Organizations benefit from malleable IT only if users perceive the affordances that malleable IT provides for their work. However, theoretical explanations and empirical evidence related to affordance perception are scarce. In this paper, we develop a theoretical framework based on Social Cognitive Theory to explain two different types of affordance perceptions: vicarious and autonomous. Data from a survey of 154 users supports the framework. We find that vicarious affordance perceptions depend on social information and on basic knowledge about the malleable IT. In contrast, autonomous affordance perceptions, which rely on uncertain and cognitively complex search activities, depend on self-efficacy gained through prolonged use and on the knowledge acquired through a learning process that starts with system use and observation of other people’s use, followed by vicarious affordance perceptions. The key contribution of our paper lies in developing and testing explanations for affordance perceptions under malleable IT.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Business Management > Institute of Information Systems > Information Engineering
03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Business Management > Institute of Information Systems

UniBE Contributor:

Lehrig, Tim; Krancher, Oliver and Dibbern, Jens

Subjects:

000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
600 Technology > 650 Management & public relations
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics

Projects:

[235] Social Network Platforms

Language:

English

Submitter:

Oliver Krancher

Date Deposited:

17 Oct 2019 15:52

Last Modified:

24 Oct 2019 08:05

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Malleable IT, Affordance Perception, Vicarious Affordance Perception, Autonomous Affordance Perception, Social Cognitive Theory, Self-efficacy, Adaptive Feature Use, Learning

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.133979

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/133979

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