Subverting organizational control with IT: A case in China

R.M. Davison, Carol Ou

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Studies of the dark side of Information Systems are encountered with increasing frequency. In this paper, we investigate how selected hotel employees in China deliberately subvert IT Policy in order to gain access to the IT applications that they believe essential to work. Following a review of the literature on IT governance, resistance and subversion, we engage in an interpretive case study of employee practices, drawing on the Work Systems framework to analyse employees’ work practices and subversive behaviour. We suggest that subversive IT behaviour may be more common than the limited literature would suggest and encourage researchers to probe these organisational practices and solutions in depth.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 21st American Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS 2015)
Place of PublicationPuerto Rico
PublisherAssociation for Information Systems
ISBN (Print)9780996683104
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event21st American Conference on Information Systems - San Juan, Puerto Rico
Duration: 13 Aug 201515 Aug 2015


Conference21st American Conference on Information Systems
Abbreviated titleAMCIS 2015
Country/TerritoryPuerto Rico
CitySan Juan


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