When institutional logics meet information and communication technologies: examining hybrid information practices in Ghanas agriculture

Slavova, M and Karanasios, S 2018, 'When institutional logics meet information and communication technologies: examining hybrid information practices in Ghanas agriculture', Journal of the Association for Information Systems, vol. 19, no. 9, pp. 775-812.


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Title When institutional logics meet information and communication technologies: examining hybrid information practices in Ghanas agriculture
Author(s) Slavova, M
Karanasios, S
Year 2018
Journal name Journal of the Association for Information Systems
Volume number 19
Issue number 9
Start page 775
End page 812
Total pages 38
Publisher Association for Information Systems
Abstract In this paper, we describe how changes in the availability of information artifactsin particular, information and communication technologies (ICTs)among smallholder farmers in Ghana, led to a process of hybridization of information practices, and how this process could be linked to underlying institutional change. We use the notions of institutional carriers and activity systems to study the evolution of the prevailing smallholder institutional logic of Ghanaian agriculture toward an incoming value-chain institutional logic concerned with linking farmers to output markets, improving the knowledge base in agriculture, and increasing its information intensity. We draw on a mixed-methods approach, including in-depth qualitative interviews, focus groups, observations, and detailed secondary quantitative data. We cultivate activity theory as a practice-based lens for structuring inquiry into institutional change. We find that information artifacts served to link the activities of farmers that were embedded in the smallholder logic with those of agricultural-development actors that promoted the value-chain logic. Hybridization occurred through the use of artifacts with different interaction modalities. In terms of conceptualizing change, our findings suggest that hybridization of the two logics may be an intermediary point in the long transition from the smallholder toward the value-chain logic.
Subject Information Systems Management
Information Systems Organisation
Information Systems Theory
Keyword(s) Institutional carriers
Activity theory
Information artifacts
ICT4D
Africa
DOI - identifier 10.17705/1jais.00509
Copyright notice Copyright © 2018 by the Association for Information Systems
ISSN 1536-9323
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