Information systems innovation among organizations

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Authors: E.B. Swanson

Publication Year: 1994


Journal: Management Science

Volume: 40

Issue: 9

Categories: Innovation, Technical Innovation


In this article Swanson (1994) reviews the current literature on IS innovation and its role in organizational innovation in general. Swanson (1994) identifies three different types of IS innovation: Type I innovations confined to the IS task; Type II innovations supporting administration of the business ; and Type III innovations embedded in the core technology of the business. Swanson (1994) bases these three models on the dual-core model created by Daft (1982), to which a third core is added. Besides defining these three IS innovation types, Swanson (1994) also addresses issues in IS innovation, such as; the contextual structure of IS innovation; The adoption and diffusion of IS innovations; the evolution of IS innovations.

Critical Reflection

+ The article written by Swanson (1994) gives a good overview of the literature written on IS innovation. + The model introduced by Swanson (1994) gives a more in depth view of the processes involved in going from crisis back to entrepreneurship according to the adaptive cycle. The adaptive cycle model looks at the phases through which a company goes from a wider perspective. Therefore the article by Swanson (1994) is a good addition to the model created by Abcouwer and Parson (2012) - Three core model as proposed is not directly supported by empirical data, the model is based on previous literature. - No explicit mention of the limitations of their research Reference E. Burton Swanson, Management Science , Vol. 40, No. 9 (Sep., 1994), pp. 1069-1092