Lost in translation? An actor-network approach to HRIS implementation

Kristine Dery, Richard Hall, Nick Wailes, Sharna Wiblen

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Available evidence suggests that the adoption of IT-enabled Human Resource Information Systems (HRIS) has not produced the widely predicted transformation of Human Resources (HR) to a strategic business partner. We examine the relationship between HRIS and the HR function by applying actor-network theory (ANT) to an HRIS implementation project. The focus on how actor networks are formed and reformed during implementation may be particularly well suited to explaining why the original aims of the HRIS can be displaced or lost in translation. We suggest that the approach afforded by ANT enables us to better understand the ongoing and contingent process of HRIS implementations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225-237
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Strategic Information Systems
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Actor network theory
  • Human
  • Information
  • IS implementation
  • Resource
  • Strategic HR
  • Systems

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