Organizational change related to information and communication technologies (ICT) has been a well-discussed topic over the last few decades. Both positivist approaches, such as technological or organizational determinism, and socio-economic and socio-technical approaches have been prevalent as research approaches in ICT change literature. Within the interpretative realm embodied in the social approaches, the concept of emergent change – that is, change as emerging or enacted over time – has been paramount. This paper provides an overview of the development of emergent change approaches and theories, with the body of the review focusing on the primary lines of approach developed and used in the last decade. It goes on to review research studies performed in the current environment, and assesses how they correspond to the approaches and questions raised therein. It concludes with a critical view on the application of emergent change theory in modern practice.
How to Cite:
Chomic, G., 2009. Change Over Time: Research Approaches to ICT-Enabled Emergent Change. iSCHANNEL, 4(1), pp.28–31.