Activity theory

Ibrahim S. Al-Harthy*

*Corresponding author for this work

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2 Citations (Scopus)


The current chapter focuses on activity theory. The idea of activity theory is that the activity is a minimal meaningful context to understand human behavior. This theory, in short, highlights the relationship between an individual (subject) and an object of doing to achieve an outcome. This relationship between the subject and the object is impacted by the context (environment) and elements that were created during the development of an activity. The environment contains rules and organizations. Activity theory went through developmental stages, which are discussed in this chapter. The chapter provides definitions, introductions, background, and overview about the activity theory. In addition, this chapter presents the structure of activity theory. Examples are given. Importantly, the empirical use of the activity theory is presented and different research articles are discussed. Limitations and future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInformation Seeking Behavior and Technology Adoption
Subtitle of host publicationTheories and Trends
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781466681576
ISBN (Print)146668156X, 9781466681569
Publication statusPublished - Feb 28 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • General Computer Science
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • General Business,Management and Accounting


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