Quotation Zellhofer, Dominik. 2018. A Conventionalist Perspective On Information Security Policies in Organisations. The 26th European Conference on Information Systems, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, United Kingdom, 26.07.-28.07.




Concern for information security is a major driver for policy implementation, and with new regula-tions like the General Data Protection Regulation, almost all types of organisations face the challenge of implementing and applying information security policies. Information security standards guide these processes, but the challenge of ensuring compliance is still a major issue, despite extensive information security research in this aspect. The lack of versatility in theoretical approaches led to calls for sociological approaches to contribute to the literature, but they were only partly addressed. The proposed framework of convention theory can serve as a fruitful approach, providing a pragmatic and contextualized perspective and a strong theoretical foundation from sociology. By adopting a conven-tionalist view of information security policies, attention is focused on issues of legitimacy without limiting the analysis to a solely structuralist perspective. This research in progress tries to take first steps in building a conventionalist framework for case-based research by introducing some of the main concepts of convention theory and illustrates possible implications for information security research and practice.


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  • Information Security Policy
  • Convention Theory
  • Economies of Convention
  • Compliance
  • Legitimacy

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Poster presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title A Conventionalist Perspective On Information Security Policies in Organisations
Event The 26th European Conference on Information Systems
Date 26.07.-28.07
Location University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth
Country United Kingdom
Year 2018
URL http://ecis2018.eu/


Zellhofer, Dominik (Details)
Interdisciplinary Institute for Management and Organizational Behavior IN (Details)
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