Talk by Dr. Chad Anderson on Affordance Potency:Theorizing Information Technology Use

The Center for Information Technology and Public Policy (CITAPP),

International Institute of Information Technology Bangalore (IIITB)

invites you to a talk titled

Affordance Potency:

Theorizing Information Technology Use


Prof. Chad Anderson

Assistant Professor of Information Systems,

Farmer School of Business, Miami University,

Oxford, Ohio, USA.

16:00 hours – 17:30 hours, 5th July 2021 (Monday)

on Zoom

About the talk:

Given the importance of information technology (IT) in effecting organizational change, scholars have strived for many years to theorize the ways in which IT can produce the changes intended for it. Much of that research acknowledges the IT artifact but falls short of directly theorizing its role in effecting change. The concept of affordances offers a theoretical perspective on organizational change that directly addresses the roles of both technology and user. To developtheoretical insights into the role of IT in work practices, I conducted a case study at a large urban hospital in the Midwestern United States using interviews with nurses and other clinical stakeholders, observation of nurse’s work practices on patient care units, and direct examination of the hospital’s electronic medical records system. The novel concept of affordance potency was developed as an integral construct in a theoretical model of affordances, helping to explain actualizations of IT in use. The contribution of this research provides a nuanced yet powerful way of understanding the nature of IT artifacts and their relationships to technology users and work practice.

Speaker Bio:

Chad Anderson is an Assistant Professor of Information Systems in the Farmer School of Business at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, USA. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Information Systems from Georgia State University and holds an MBA from Eastern Kentucky University and Bachelor of Science degrees in Occupational Therapy and Psychology from Eastern Kentucky University and Business Administration from North Dakota State University. His research interests include the role of technology in the delivery of health care, information security and privacy, and the materiality of information technology. His work has been published in Information and Organization, Journal of the Association for Information Systems, Journal of Management Information Systems, MIS Quarterly, and other journals. Prior to joining Miami University, Dr. Anderson was on the faculty at Northern Kentucky University and the University of Nevada, Reno.

CITAPP at IIIT Bangalore is an interdisciplinary think-tank set-up to focus on the policy challenges and the organizational demands made by technological innovation. Of particular interest to the Centre is how technological advances, along with institutional changes that harness the legitimacy and the powers of bureaucracies and market, address the needs of underserved communities.