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Institutionalisation of technology-supported organisational processes: A structurational perspective on IT service management support technology.

Bukhalenkov, Evgeny (2009) Institutionalisation of technology-supported organisational processes: A structurational perspective on IT service management support technology. PhD thesis, London School of Economics and Political Science (United Kingdom).

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Abstract

Increasing emphasis on strategic and operational IT-business alignment and best-practice frameworks (e.g. ITIL) has promoted the deployment of cross-functional process-based IT Service Management (ITSM) technologies within a wide range of organisations. Such technologies underpin core IT support processes such as Incident, Problem, and Change Management within a Service Management framework, promoting greater visibility and evaluation of IT contribution to the business. However, strategic and operational improvement of cross-functional ITSM processes requires effective embedding of process-supporting software in the organisation's ITSM process infrastructure. This research is based on an in-depth interpretive case-study of the use made of an ITSM software package in an IT Services department of a major UK university. In particular, this thesis examines the roles of organisational context, specific software functionality and design features, and organisational process infrastructure to develop an understanding of how particular ways of working with the software are embedded in various organisational routines. This research identifies a number of prevalent IT support working practices as organisational routines, and analyses the interrelationship between the working practices, organisational processes, the ITSM software artefact, and the immediate and wider organisational context. This thesis makes a number of contributions, including developing a theoretical framework for studying the role of technological artefact and organisational context and processes from the perspective of organisational routines and structuration theory.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Information Technology
Sets: Collections > ProQuest Etheses
Departments > Management
URI: http://etheses.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/2324

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