Organisational semiotics methods to assess organisational readiness for internal use of social media
Jacobs, A. and Nakata, K. (2012) Organisational semiotics methods to assess organisational readiness for internal use of social media. In: Proceedings of the Eighteenth Americas Conference on Information Systems, 9-12 August 2012, Seattle.
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The paper presents organisational semiotics (OS) as an approach for identifying organisational readiness factors for internal use of social media within information intensive organisations (IIO). The paper examines OS methods, such as organisational morphology, containment analysis and collateral analysis to reveal factors of readiness within an organisation. These models also help to identify the essential patterns of activities needed for social media use within an organisation, which can provide a basis for future analysis. The findings confirmed many of the factors, previously identified in literature, while also revealing new factors using OS methods. The factors for organisational readiness for internal use of social media include resources, organisational climate, processes, motivational readiness, benefit and organisational control factors. Organisational control factors revealed are security/privacy, policies, communication procedures, accountability and fallback.