Extending social constructivism with institutional theory: A broadband civic networking case

Murali Venkatesh, Dong Hee Shin

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Abstract

A longitudinal study of broadband civic network design is analyzed using social construction of technology (SCOT) approach and then through the lens of institutional theory. SCOT is useful to show how artifacts take on the forms they do; institutional theory, by locating (design) action in a cultural, historical and structural context can complement SCOT by explaining why they tend to assume certain forms. Broadband civic networking initiatives often have mixed goals: Ensuring financial viability and realizing normative social aims. In the present case, this tension was resolved by fitting the network's technological and social form to a criterion of legitimacy prevailing among power centers in the broader field; this succeeded in eliciting necessary financial resources to sustain the network, but at the expense of the project's normative aims. Institutional approaches theorize the relation of cultural ideas and social structure, and that of structure and social action, to interrogate micro-politics of social constructions and the (intended/unintended) forms they assume. To engage the Why question, constructivists need to theorize action. Sociological institutional theory offers pointers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2nd Communities and Technologies Conference, C and T 2005
Pages55-74
Number of pages20
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005
Event2nd Communities and Technologies Conference, C and T 2005 - Milan, Italy
Duration: Jun 13 2005Jun 16 2005

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 2nd Communities and Technologies Conference, C and T 2005

Other

Other2nd Communities and Technologies Conference, C and T 2005
CountryItaly
CityMilan
Period6/13/056/16/05

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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    Venkatesh, M., & Shin, D. H. (2005). Extending social constructivism with institutional theory: A broadband civic networking case. In Proceedings of the 2nd Communities and Technologies Conference, C and T 2005 (pp. 55-74). (Proceedings of the 2nd Communities and Technologies Conference, C and T 2005). https://doi.org/10.1007/1-4020-3591-8-4