Viktor Arvidsson

Postdoctoral Researcher

The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia


Viktor Arvidsson is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Digital Disruption Research Group (DDRG), Discipline of Business Information Systems, the University of Sydney Business School. He received his PhD from Umeå University on a dissertation titled, “Digital transformation: the material roles of IT resources and their political uses.” It aimed to understand how change is contingent on the materiality which technology bring into situations. He expanded this view, as a postdoctorate at the University of Oslo, to include the multiplicity of developments that digitalization generates, in the project “From information silos to generative infrastructures.” Currently, his thinking centers on the meaning and making of time and opportune moments. His expertise lies in capturing the strategic implications of digital technology, as manifested (e.g.) in tactics whereby peripheral actors in organizations implement and use technology to accomplish change and upset forms of mastery which underscore established ways of being.

Research Interests

Viktor Arvidsson’s research focuses on how digital technology implicates the conditions and mechanisms for entrepreneurship, innovation, and change. Specifically, he examines the role digital infrastructure and platforms play in the digital disruption of society and organizations, by enabling and constraining actors within and without established organizations to promote strategic change from the periphery when new architecture, regimes, and regulations emerge. He has observed such processes in a number of settings including paper mills, municipalities, and healthcare systems. To tease out the role of digital technology in these settings, he uses a mix of grounded, process, narrative, historical, and practice-theory based analysis techniques. Currently, he is following in the steps of Heidegger and Parmenides to understand time as the fundamental condition for being as to theorize and reveal how a time for change comes about.

Selected publications


Journal Articles

Arvidsson V, and Monsted T (2018) Generating innovation potential: How digital entrepreneurs conceal, sequence, anchor, and propagate new technology The Journal of Strategic Information Systems, 27 (4), 369-383. [More Information]

Foka A, Misharina A, Arvidsson V, and Gelfgren S (2018) Beyond humanities qua digital: Spatial and material development for digital research infrastructures in HumlabX Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, 33 (2), 264-278. [More Information]

Book Chapter

Arvidsson V, and Holmstrom J (2018) Digitalization as a strategy practice: What is there to learn from strategy as practice research? The Routledge Companion to Management Information Systems; Routledge, New York, USA, 218-231. [More Information]


Conference Proceeding

Arvidsson V (2016) Strategy blindness as disciplined it-use practice: Looking past the 'unintended and unexpected' through the practice lens 49th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2016; IEEE Computer Society, Washington, D.C.. [More Information]


Journal Article

Arvidsson V, and Foka A (2015) Digital gender: Perspective, phenomena, practice First Monday, 20 (4). [More Information]


Journal Article

Arvidsson V, Holmstrom J, and Lyytinen K (2014) Information systems use as strategy practice: A multi-dimensional view of strategic information system implementation and use The Journal of Strategic Information Systems, 23 (1), 45-61. [More Information]


Journal Article

Arvidsson V, and Holmstrom J (2013) Social media strategy: Understanding social media, IT strategy, and organizational responsiveness in times of crisis Cutter IT Journal, 26 (12), 18-23.


Conference Proceeding

Arvidsson V (2012) The revolution that wasn't: Investigating barriers to platform-based e-service delivery partnerships 45th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences HICSS-45 2012; Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Los Alamitos, CA. [More Information]

Book Chapter

Arvidsson V (2012) Toward Efficient and Effective e-Service Delivery: Addressing the Challenges of e-Service Evaluation in Local Government Transformational Government through eGov Practice: Socioeconomic, Cultural, and Technological Issues; Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, United Kingdom, 155-188.