ORGANIZATIONAL TEMPORALITIES AND RADICAL DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION: A STUDY OF OPEN GOVERNMENT IN SAUDI ARABIA’S IT-BASED ECONOMY
The Information systems (IS) literature has discussed time in some detail, including how Infor-mation Technology (IT) enables the bridging of problems associated with temporal distance in IT-mediated teams, facilitating teams’ decision-making process, speeding up business processes as well as stretching time through enabling actors to multitask by utilizing IT artefacts. However, there has been a tendency to focus only on time as a linear objective construct, thus neglecting its subjective and socially constructed nature. In this paper, we argue that this subjective and socially constructed characteristic is deserving of more attention in IS literature. To examine the interplay of objective and subjective views of time whilst undergoing digital transformation and its effects and outcomes, a qualitative, comparative case study approach is embraced here to understand how Saudi governmental organizations are implementing a new open government initiative and digitally transforming with time. In this context, we explore how key actors act up-on objective and subjective temporalities during the Saudi country-wide transformation of the digital economy- the Saudi Arabia Vision 2030 open government initiative. Keywords: Temporalities, Digital Transformation, Subjective time, change.
Aldhafiri, Yasmeen; Zorina, Aljona; and Morton, Josh, (2019). "ORGANIZATIONAL TEMPORALITIES AND RADICAL DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION: A STUDY OF OPEN GOVERNMENT IN SAUDI ARABIA’S IT-BASED ECONOMY". In Proceedings of the 27th European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS), Stockholm & Uppsala, Sweden, June 8-14, 2019. ISBN 978-1-7336325-0-8 Research-in-Progress Papers.