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Tricks or trompe l'oeil?: An examination [of] workplace resistance in an information rich managerial environment

Sobreperez, P; Ferneley, E; Wilson, FA

Authors

P Sobreperez

E Ferneley

FA Wilson



Abstract

Management information generated by workflow information systems is often used for planning, costing, decision making and other management activities. By application of the principles of Grounded Theory, this paper summarises studies of acceptance of workflow systems and finds that user resistance is manifest in many forms. The paper also finds that previous divisions of this resistance are simplistic and fail to address the issue of data integrity. The paper attempts to add to the literature on user resistance to surveillance and to categorise the ways in which users work around systems resulting in information that is not a true reflection of actual activities. Thus management decisions are based upon an illusion of actuality and not on the reality of workplace activities. This leads to the usage of the Trompe L'Oeil, a decorative technique translating literally from French as 'trick of the eye' and used for example where a window with curtains and view is painted onto a wall to look like a real window and the observer perceives a window where no window exists

Citation

Sobreperez, P., Ferneley, E., & Wilson, F. (2005, May). Tricks or trompe l'oeil?: An examination [of] workplace resistance in an information rich managerial environment. Presented at Proceedings of the 13th European Conference on Information Systems, Information Systems in a Rapidly Changing Economy, Regensburg, Germany

Presentation Conference Type Other
Conference Name Proceedings of the 13th European Conference on Information Systems, Information Systems in a Rapidly Changing Economy
Conference Location Regensburg, Germany
Start Date May 26, 2005
End Date May 28, 2005
Deposit Date Oct 21, 2009
Publicly Available Date Oct 21, 2009
Keywords surveillance, resistance, workflow, workaround
Publisher URL http://www.informatik.uni-trier.de/~ley/db/conf/ecis/ecis2005.html
Additional Information Additional Information : Winner of Claudio Ciborra Prize for most innovative paper
Event Type : Conference

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