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Innovation within an early childhood education and care organisation: a tri-perspective analysis of the appropriation of IT

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Abstract


  • Empirical studies on information technology (IT) in early childhood are scant, despite an increasing number of

    early childhood education and care organisations choosing to innovate with IT. This paper presents a

    framework to understand the appropriation of IT as an innovation within such an organisation. The framework

    consists of three perspectives on innovation: an individualist, a structuralist and an interactive process

    perspective. While the first focuses on concepts such as leadership, IT champions, previous IT exposure, the

    second focuses on organisation size, parents as stakeholders, competitors, government compliance and

    regulatory requirements. The third perspective views the innovation as a dynamic, continuous phenomenon of

    change, produced by the continuous interaction of the innovation content, its context, and the appropriation

    process as related in an interactive process. We demonstrate the framework’s applicability and determine that

    the three perspectives supplement each other and together provide a deeper understanding of the IT

    appropriation process.

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Plumb, M. & Kautz, K. (2014). Innovation within an early childhood education and care organisation: a tri-perspective analysis of the appropriation of IT. Proceedings of the 25th Australasian Conference on Information Systems (pp. 1-11). New Zealand: Auckland University of Technology.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84959563085

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1662&context=buspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/buspapers/660

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 11

Place Of Publication


  • New Zealand

Abstract


  • Empirical studies on information technology (IT) in early childhood are scant, despite an increasing number of

    early childhood education and care organisations choosing to innovate with IT. This paper presents a

    framework to understand the appropriation of IT as an innovation within such an organisation. The framework

    consists of three perspectives on innovation: an individualist, a structuralist and an interactive process

    perspective. While the first focuses on concepts such as leadership, IT champions, previous IT exposure, the

    second focuses on organisation size, parents as stakeholders, competitors, government compliance and

    regulatory requirements. The third perspective views the innovation as a dynamic, continuous phenomenon of

    change, produced by the continuous interaction of the innovation content, its context, and the appropriation

    process as related in an interactive process. We demonstrate the framework’s applicability and determine that

    the three perspectives supplement each other and together provide a deeper understanding of the IT

    appropriation process.

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Plumb, M. & Kautz, K. (2014). Innovation within an early childhood education and care organisation: a tri-perspective analysis of the appropriation of IT. Proceedings of the 25th Australasian Conference on Information Systems (pp. 1-11). New Zealand: Auckland University of Technology.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84959563085

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1662&context=buspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/buspapers/660

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 11

Place Of Publication


  • New Zealand