Innovation and Hybrid Genres: Disturbing Social Rhythm in Legal Practice

TitleInnovation and Hybrid Genres: Disturbing Social Rhythm in Legal Practice
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsHorton, K., and E. Davenport
EditorLeino, T., T. Saarinen, and S. Klein
Book TitleProceedings of the Twelfth European Conference on Information Systems
PublisherTurku School of Economics and Business Administration
Place PublishedTurku, Finland
ISBN Number951-564-192-6
Keywordsgenre, hybrid, innovation, legal practice, power

This paper explores the non-adoption of an innovation via the concept of hybrid genres, that is digitalgenres that emerge from a non-digital material precedent. As instances of innovation these are often resisted because they disturb the order of activity and balance of power relations in a given situation, or require users to make conceptual and physical adaptation efforts that they consider too costly. The authors investigate such issues with a case study of the introduction of a hybrid digital genre, ODR or online dispute resolution, in legal practice.