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(2007) Abrahall, Rebecca; Cecez-Kecmanovic, Dubravka; Kautz, Karlheinz; Magyar, Gabor; Knapp, G.; Wojtkowski, W.; Wojtkowski, W.; Zupančič, J.Book ChapterThis paper presents an interpretive case study of a strategic information system development (ISD) project in an insurance Company whose outcomes were perceived as both a success and a failure. By following actors – both human and non-human – involved in the strategic ISD project and the processes of inscribing and aligning interests within their actor-networks, the paper aims to unpack and provide a rich description of the contra-dictory nature of the socio-technical in such a project and the making of its success and failure. Guided by Actor Network Theory (ANT) the description traces the emergence of heterogeneous actor-networks and reveals how and why some interests did translate while others didn’t into the IS designs, thereby producing the perceptions of success or failure.
(2007) Kim, Suk-Joong; McKenzie, Michael D.; Kim, Suk-Joong; McKenzie, Michael D.Book ChapterThis paper considers the relationship between stock market autocorrelation and i) the presence of international investors which is proxied by the level of capital market integration, and ii) stock market volatility. Drawing from a sample of stock indices for a range of emerging or newly emerged markets, significant evidence of a relationship between the presence of international investors and the level of stock market autocorrelation is found. This evidence is consistent with the view that international investors are positive feedback traders. Robustness testing of this model suggests that the trading strategy of international investors changed as a result of the Asian currency crisis. The evidence for the role of volatility in explaining autocorrelation is, however, is generally weak and varies across the sample countries.