The Socio-technical Impact of the Internet of Things: An Exploratory Mixed Methods Research

Albert Boonstra, Dustin Wiktor-Steffens

Abstract

This study explores how the Internet of Things (IoT) impacts the socio-technical system of organizations. The paper adopts a mixed methods research with a qualitatively driven approach. Data from 21 interviews with experts in the field of IoT and an online survey with 123 IoT professionals were analyzed. Leonardi’s Socio-Technical System Model (2012) was applied as a lens to examine how IoT influences the organizations’ social subsystem and how that, in turn, affects both the materiality of IoT and users’ intentionality in the technical subsystem. The results suggest transformed roles, potentially flattened hierarchies, decreased privacy, and increased transparency to be the main effects. While apparent changes in the social subsystem cause perceived threats that strongly influence users’ intentionality, they do not certainly affect IoT’s materiality. Noteworthy, however, is that irreplaceable users reportedly have the leverage to enforce changes to IoT’s materiality.

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Boonstra A. and Wiktor-Steffens D. (2020). The Socio-technical Impact of the Internet of Things: An Exploratory Mixed Methods Research.In Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Internet of Things, Big Data and Security - Volume 1: IoTBDS, ISBN 978-989-758-426-8, pages 177-188. DOI: 10.5220/0009327101770188


in Bibtex Style

@conference{iotbds20,
author={Albert Boonstra and Dustin Wiktor-Steffens},
title={The Socio-technical Impact of the Internet of Things: An Exploratory Mixed Methods Research},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Internet of Things, Big Data and Security - Volume 1: IoTBDS,},
year={2020},
pages={177-188},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0009327101770188},
isbn={978-989-758-426-8},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF

JO - Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Internet of Things, Big Data and Security - Volume 1: IoTBDS,
TI - The Socio-technical Impact of the Internet of Things: An Exploratory Mixed Methods Research
SN - 978-989-758-426-8
AU - Boonstra A.
AU - Wiktor-Steffens D.
PY - 2020
SP - 177
EP - 188
DO - 10.5220/0009327101770188