Main dependent construct(s)/factor(s)
Personal and object-related satisfaction, Control, Social power and status, Self-identity, Security, Extra-role behavior, job satisfaction, commitment to organization, organizational self-esteem, organization citizenship, efficacy and competence
Main independent construct(s)/factor(s)
Satisfaction expectation, Desire for pleasure, Desire of autonomy and control, Enjoyment expectation, Desire for security
Concise description of theory
Appropriation in IS context signifies the way that users take possession of a technology over time. The user can either ignore certain functionalities that the technology provides or inventing new ones contradicting designers or working around certain features of technology. With continued technology use, users identify themselves with the technology and it becomes part of their life. Since, the sense of psychological ownership is similar to technology appropriation behavior, the antecedents and consequences of psychological ownership is used for appropriation of technology. At individual level, psychological ownership and appropriation are theoretically equivalent.
The framework comes up with two propositions. Desires for autonomy or control, pleasure, and security, as well as expectations of enjoyment and satisfaction will motivate the appropriation of a technology. Individual appropriation of a technology will result in increases in: personal and object-related satisfaction, control, social power and status, self-identity, security, extra-role behaviour, job satisfaction, commitment to organization, organizational self-esteem, organizational citizenship, efficacy, and competence.
Diagram/schematic of theory
James Gaskin, Kalle lyytinen
Gaskin, J.E., & Lyytinen, K.J. (2010). Psychological Ownership and the Individual Appropriation of Technology. 2010 43rd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, 1-8.
Level of analysis
Links from this theory to other theories
IS articles that use the theory
1. Mendoza, Antonette & Carroll, Jennie & Stern, Linda. (2010). Software appropriation over time: From adoption to stabilization and beyond. Australasian Journal of Information Systems; Vol 16, No 2 (2010). 16. 10.3127/ajis.v16i2.507.
2. Kirk, Colleen & Swain, Scott & Gaskin, James. (2015). I'm Proud of It: Consumer Technology Appropriation and Psychological Ownership. The Journal of Marketing Theory and Practice. 23. 10.1007/978-3-319-11815-4_199.
3. Xiao, Yazhen & Spanjol, Jelena. (2021). Yes, but not now! Why some users procrastinate in adopting digital product updates. Journal of Business Research. 135. 685-696. 10.1016/j.jbusres.2021.06.066.
4. Quinones, Pablo-Alejandro. (2015). Cultivating Practice & Shepherding Technology Use: Supporting Appropriation Among Unanticipated Users. Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW. 10.1145/2531602.2531698.
5. Mendoza, Antonette & Carroll, Jennie & Stern, Linda. (2010). Software appropriation over time: From adoption to stabilization and beyond. Australasian Journal of Information Systems; Vol 16, No 2 (2010). 16. 10.3127/ajis.v16i2.507.
Harikrishnan R S, Doctoral student at Indian institute of management, Kozhikode, India
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