Handbook of Critical Information Systems Research: Theory and Application

Handbook of Critical Information Systems Research: Theory and Application

by Debra Howcroft
     
 

ISBN-10: 1843764784

ISBN-13: 9781843764786

Pub. Date: 11/28/2005

Publisher: Elgar, Edward Publishing, Inc.

The critical tradition in information systems research, according to Howcroft (Manchester Business School, U. of Manchester, UK) and Trauth (School of Information Sciences and Technology, US), is characterized by the themes of emancipation from power relations, critique of tradition, rejection of the primacy of economic efficiency (non-performative intent), critique…  See more details below

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The critical tradition in information systems research, according to Howcroft (Manchester Business School, U. of Manchester, UK) and Trauth (School of Information Sciences and Technology, US), is characterized by the themes of emancipation from power relations, critique of tradition, rejection of the primacy of economic efficiency (non-performative intent), critique of technological determination, and methodological reflexitivity. Intending to highlight the major strands of the critical tradition, they present 10 essays addressing conceptual and theoretical issues and eight demonstrating the application of theory. Topics include the ethics of information systems, critical discourse analysis of information systems, management fashions and information systems, Marxist critique of at-home tele-work, rationalities and emotions in information systems innovation, evaluating e-governance projects in India, mediated work in global business systems, and tele-health in the United Kingdom. Annotation © 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781843764786
Publisher:
Elgar, Edward Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
11/28/2005
Series:
Elgar Original Reference Series
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

1Choosing critical IS research1
2Basic assumptions of the critical research perspectives in information systems19
3Theoretical approaches for researching power and information systems : the benefit of Machiavellian view47
4Are social constructivist approaches critical? : the case of IS failure70
5Taking a critical linguistic turn : using critical discourse analysis for the study of information systems104
6Against rules : the ethical turn in information systems123
7Management fashions and information systems132
8Flexibility, freedom and women's emancipation : a Marxist critique of at-home telework152
9Critical management studies : towards a more mature politics174
10The wrong trousers? : beyond the design fallacy : social learning and the user195
11Critical engagement : why, what and how?225
12Towards critical interpretivism in IS research244
13Consuming passions in the 'global knowledge economy'272
14Rationalities and emotions in IS innovation299
15Evaluating e-governance projects in India : a focus on micro-level implementation325
16Rethinking urban poverty : forms of capital, information technology and enterprise development350
17'Global but local' : mediated work in global business organizations365
18Competing rationalities : a critical study of telehealth in the UK388

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