Alina Dulipovici, GReSI Member, HEC Montréal, and Dragos Vieru, GReSI Member, TÉLUQ
Information Technologies in Healthcare: the intertwining of social and material. Information technology has become ubiquitous in healthcare organizations, yet researchers and practitioners alike still struggle to fully comprehend its impact and how it influences organizational change. To fill this gap, this research adopts a different way of seeing and investigating health information technology (HIT), specifically the sociomaterial angle (Orlikowski and Scott, 2008; Leonardi, 2011). The concept of sociomateriality “posits the inherent inseparability between the technical and the social” (Orlikowski and Scott, 2008, p. 454). Thus, technology, people and organizations should not be seen as single entities that influence each other, but rather as constitutively entangled, implying that we can separate them only analytically. This research project will focus on the intertwining of human agency (people and organizations) and material agency (technology) to understand (a) how temporal meanings, organizational boundaries, and functional properties are continually reproduced, (b) how individual technologies-in-use become shared technology-in-practice, and (c) how these imbrications create mechanisms for organizational change.