ASIS&T 2013 Annual Meeting 
Montréal, Québec, Canada | November 1-5, 2013

What Difference Does a Theoretical Lens Make in Conducting a Study of Human Information Interactions?

Dr. Katriina Byström, University of Borås
Dr. Mary Cavanagh, University of Ottawa
Dr. Jannica Heinström, Åbo Akademi University
Dr. Barbara M. Wildemuth, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Moderator: Dr. Sanda Erdelez, University of Missouri

Monday, 3:30pm


People interact with information in a variety of ways and in a variety of contexts. Studies of such interactions have traditionally been approached either from an individually focused or contextual perspective. The perspective taken is likely to influence the specific research questions asked, the study design and methods and the potential outcomes of the study. This panel will explore such influences by examining ways in which four specific theoretical perspectives might be applied to the study of particular types of information behaviors in a particular setting: the information behaviors of middle managers in a corporation facing a financial downturn. The four theoretical perspectives to be discussed are: personality theory, the work-task approach, activity theory and practice theory.