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Navigating in the Digital Jungle : Articulating Combinatory Affordances of Digital Infrastructures for Collaboration (2019)


Zimmer, Markus Philipp; Niemimaa, Marko (2019). Navigating in the Digital Jungle : Articulating Combinatory Affordances of Digital Infrastructures for Collaboration. In Xu, Dongming; Jiang, James Jiang; Kim, Hee-Woong Kim (Eds.) PACIS 2019 : Proceedings of the 23rd Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems. Barriers to Intergenerational Innovation in Global Context. Association for Information Systems, 209. https://aisel.aisnet.org/pacis2019/209


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Publication details

All authors or editors: Zimmer, Markus Philipp; Niemimaa, Marko

Parent publication: PACIS 2019 : Proceedings of the 23rd Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems. Barriers to Intergenerational Innovation in Global Context

Parent publication editors: Xu, Dongming; Jiang, James Jiang; Kim, Hee-Woong Kim

Conference:

Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems

Place and date of conference: Xi’an, China, 8.-12.7.2019

Publication year: 2019

Article number: 209

Publisher: Association for Information Systems

Publication country: United States

Publication language: English

Persistent website address: https://aisel.aisnet.org/pacis2019/209

Open Access: Publication channel is not openly available

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/69652


Abstract

During digital transformation, companies integrate digital technologies creating large and complex digital infrastructures. These digital infrastructures hold combinatory affordances enabling companies to achieve outcomes that are more than the sum of their parts (i.e., the individual digital technologies). Owing to the complexity of digital infrastructures, these combinatory affordances are ever-present but hidden in the thicket of the infrastructure making their effective use a challenge. We report on an ethnographic study of a large German car manufacturer (Car Inc.) that increasingly integrated digital technologies into its infrastructure as part of its digital transformation strategy. With its infrastructure growing into a ‘digital jungle’, the combinatory affordances remained hidden impeding the infrastructure’s effective use. To facilitate effective use of their infrastructure, that is, support employees to navigate the digital jungle, Car Inc. created a digital compass as a tool to articulate the affordances hidden in the thickets of the digital jungle.


Keywords: digitalisation; digital technology; infrastructures; use; efficiency (properties)

Free keywords: digitalization; digital transformation; IT infrastructure; affordances; effective use; automotive; combinatory affordances


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Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2020


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