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The duality of mobility: understanding fluid organizations and stable interaction

The duality of mobility: understanding fluid organizations and stable interaction,Daniele Pica,Masao Kakihara

The duality of mobility: understanding fluid organizations and stable interaction   (Citations: 12)
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Debates concerning mobility are proliferating. Once looking at the issues of mobility, however, one can immediately find a vacuum within this emerging debate. The current mobility literature lacks a well-defined common ground and an effort for theorization, both of which are essential for sustainable development of any scholarly discourse in social sciences. To alleviate this, we propose to build an analytical lens that can integrate mobility studies in a coherent manner and facilitate the practice of theorization on mobility within the study of mobile devices and organizations. We do so by connecting two diverging perspectives on mobility that emerge from the current literature; one sees mobility as creating perpetual, stable and controllable contact, while the other views mobility as creating fluidity through the formation of ad-hoc, de- contextualized contacts. By connecting these two views, we present the duality of mobility: stability in the interaction with routines creates/enables fluid organizations; thus, this perspective synthesizes mobility as stability.
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    • ...Similar statements are often found in the literature explaining that the characteristics of mobile IS function as enablers of its value propositions [4, 12, 49, 86, 87]...
    • ...This conceptual bewilderment regarding mobility is also latent in the mobile business literature [4, 5, 12, 18, 22, 32, 39, 48-64]...
    • ...Perhaps, the pervasive nature of mobility identified in this study could help us understand some of the reasons why many researchers have had difficulties capturing and defining mobility as an isolated variable [4, 5, 12, 18, 22, 32, 39, 48-64]...
    • ...Similarly to the literature, mobility was the topic that generated the most interesting conceptual discussion [4, 5, 12, 18, 22, 32, 39, 48-64]...
    • ...In addition, one of the most important findings in this study is the emergence of mobility as a pervasive concept – possibly explaining some of the reasons why researchers have had difficulties portraying mobility as an isolated variable [4, 5, 12, 18, 22, 32, 39, 48- 64]...

    Hartmut Hoehleet al. Unveiling Experts Perceptions towards the Characteristics and Value Pr...

    • ...Kakihara and Sørensen (2002a) suggest and discuss further the adoption of the fluid metaphor of mobility, while Pica and Kakihara (2003) theorize mobility as a duality of stable interaction and fluid organization...
    • ...From the perspective of the duality of mobility by Pica and Kakihara (2003), we can call this a managed fluid organization...

    Gang SONG. Transcending e-Government: a Case of Mobile Government in Beijing

    • ...Kakihara and Sørensen (2002a) suggest and discuss further the adoption of the fluid metaphor of mobility, while Pica and Kakihara (2003) theorize mobility as a duality of stable interaction and fluid organization...
    • ...From the perspective of the duality of mobility by Pica and Kakihara (2003), we can call this a managed fluid organization...

    SONG Gang. Transcending e-Government: a Case of Mobile Government in Beijing

    • ...In fact, both academia and industry research efforts focus on maximizing the interaction between individuals and mobile devices [23]...

    Daniele Picaet al. On Mobile Technology in Context: Exploring Police Work

    • ...Pica and Kakihara (2003) tried to theorize the mobility as duality of stable interaction and fluid organization...
    • ...This is exactly what Pica and Kakihara (2003) called stable interaction, and fluid organization enabled by mobile technology...
    • ...From the perspective of the duality of mobility by Pica and Kakihara (2003), we would like to call this a managed fluid organization...

    Gang Songet al. Mobile Government: Towards a Service Paradigm

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