Why isn’t digital infrastructure being updated? The case of IPv6

Awinder Kaur, Harminder Singh, Felix Tan

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While the transition from Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) to version 6 (IPv6) promises significant advantages and is critical given the exhaustion of IP addresses, surprisingly few studies have examined the reasons for its poor organizational adoption. Moreover, most existing studies have focused on the technical issues surrounding IPv6 adoption. This study seeks to address this gap by examining the determinants of and barriers to IPv6 adoption by organizations. More broadly, the study will identify the processes by which components of digital infrastructure, such as IPv6, are assimilated. Drawing upon institutional and process theories, an IPv6 technology adoption model is developed. A positivist case study research approach was used to provide a richer understanding of digital infrastructure adoption and assimilation. We are currently in the midst of our data collection and have collected data from four organisations on their IPv6 adoption experiences. These organisations are in the tertiary education industry in New Zealand, and are at different stages of their IPv6 adoption process. We present the preliminary findings and discuss their fit with our initial model.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 24th Australasian Conference on Information Systems
PublisherRMIT University
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9780992449506
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event24th Australasian Conference on Information Systems - Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 4 Dec 20136 Dec 2013


Conference24th Australasian Conference on Information Systems
Abbreviated titleACIS2013


  • Adoption
  • Digital infrastructure
  • Institutional forces
  • IPv6
  • Process theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems


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