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Deconstructing information sharing

Beynon-Davies, Paul ORCID: and Wang, Yingli ORCID: 2019. Deconstructing information sharing. Journal of the Association for Information Systems 20 (4) , 1. 10.17705/1.jais.00541

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Information sharing between actors, working in different institutions, is proposed by much literature to improve aspects of both intra and inter-institutional performance. However, it is unclear from the literature what exactly information sharing is and why it is important to institutional performance. This paper seeks to deconstruct the concept of information sharing, particularly within aspects of the supply chain. We shall argue that the central problem with the concept of information sharing is that it relies on a notion of information as stuff that can be manipulated, transmitted, and used relatively unproblematically between organizations. We wish to question conventional notions of this construct by examining and analyzing a case of information sharing, applicable within an international supply chain as well as several problems experienced with such sharing. Through deconstructing this case we demonstrate how certain perceived problems in information sharing are better conceptualized as breakdowns in the inter-institutional scaffolding of data structures.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Publisher: Association for Information Systems
ISSN: 1536-9323
Funders: EPSRC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 13 September 2019
Date of Acceptance: 18 June 2018
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2022 10:20

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