Workaround behaviour in information systems research

  • Aline de Vargas Pinto Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul. Programa de Pós Graduação em Administração
  • Antônio Carlos Gastaud Maçada Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul. Programa de Pós Graduação em Administração
  • Gabriela Labres Mallmann Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul. Programa de Pós Graduação em Administração
Keywords: IT management, Information systems (ISs), Workaround behaviour


Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to provide an analysis of the studies about workaround behavior in the Information Systems (IS) area, addressing its positive and negative aspects and raising the key related issues. Design/methodology/approach – A systematic literature review was conducted to verify how workaround behavior has been approached in IS studies. A qualitative method was adopted and implemented in two stages: selection of articles from the time period 2007-2017 in the databases Web of Science, ScienceDirect and Scopus and analysis of the selected articles. Findings – The results showed that many studies have been concerned with identifying the principal reasons for the manifestation of workaround behavior and the measures taken to reduce its impacts. Many studies from international journals examined the implementation of an ERP along with the workaround behavior. The need to expand the national studies on workaround behavior is emphasized, because the majority of the identified studies are international. Research limitations/implications – The key limitation is related to the period of analysis, because only articles published since 2007 were selected. Practical implications – This paper contributes to both theory and practice, bringing relevant concepts about workaround behavior, and corroborating the importance of the studies on workaround in the IS area. The literature review of the 20 articles analyzed reveals the main features in each article, such as theoretical and methodological aspects that support the research. Based on this analysis, a conceptual map was developed presenting the most relevant points about workaround behavior, where the causes, the negative and positive consequences, the types of solutions and the organizational and individual impacts are presented. Originality/value – Research into workaround behavior has increased in recent years, however very few studies have been conducted in Brazil. To the best of the authors’ knowledge, no articles regarding Brazil and this subject were published between 2007 and 2017. Thus, this paper seeks to redress this imbalance.


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Pinto, A., Maçada, A. C., & Mallmann, G. (2018). Workaround behaviour in information systems research. REGE Revista De Gestão, 25(4), 430-446.