IS adoption is inherently a social practice shaped by the immediate social context but capital power does not have a stronger presence in ANT and sociomateriality. The paper describes Bourdieu’s practice theory and suggests that by this lens we can better understand IS adoption (e.g., implementation of MRP II/ERP/ERP II) as symbolic capital changing power relations in an adopted organization. Such shift of power relations is viewed as accepting relation thinking mode and critical realism in IS adoption. From symbolic power perspective, character status and role prestige is ascribed to IS. Implementation of an IS are configuration of power relation designed by IS software vendors. By exploring IS as social inclusion and distinction, we review Ivy University’s Oracle ERP case beyond ANT and Social-materiality theory. We also applied symbolic capital of Bourdieu’s theory to explain“ERP adoption means find dying”by Liu Chuanzhi in Chinese Legend Company.
Wang, Huifen; Ye, Wenhui; and Tang, Qiuhong, "Beyond ANT and Sociomateriality: Explore Symbolic Power to Information System Adoption" (2013). PACIS 2013 Proceedings. 232.