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As Information Systems matures as a discipline, there is a gradual move away from pure statistics towards consideration of alternative approaches and philosophies. This has not been incorporated into the literature of the field. Until now. Collecting major social theorists and philosophers into one volume, Social Theory and Philosophy for Information Systems provides a historical and critical analysis of each that is both authoritative and firmly focused on practical relevance to IS. The result is an insightful text for researchers, academics and students that will provide an up-to-date starting point for those considering alternative approaches.

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"...I would highly recommend that all libraries...acquire a copy of this book..." (Journal of the Operational Research Society, No 57, 2006)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470851173
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/23/2004
  • Series: John Wiley Series in Information Systems Series , #32
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 472
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Meet the Author

John Mingers is Professor of OR and Information Systems and Director of Research at Kent Business School, University of Kent, UK. His research interests include the use of systems methodologies in problem situations, particularly the mixing of different methodologies within an intervention (multimethodology); the development of critical realism as a philosophy for information systems; the development of theory concerning the nature of information and meaning; and autopoiesis and its applications. He has published several books, including Self-Producing Systems: Implications and Applications of Autopoiesis and Information Systems: An Emerging Discipline? (with Professor Frank Stowell).

Leslie P. Willcocks is Professor of Information Management at Warwick Business School. He received a doctorate from the University of Cambridge, is visiting professor at Erasmus and Melbourne Universities, and joint Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Information Technology. He is co-author of 23 books and has published over 140 papers in journals ranging from Harvard Business Review to MIS Quarterly, MISQ Executive and Journal of Management Studies. His research interests include organizational issues, politics, outsourcing, implementation, e-business and evaluation.

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors.

Series Preface.


1. Thinking about Social Theory and Philosophy for Information Systems (Allen S. Lee).

2. Fit for Function: Functionalism, Neofunctionalism and Information Systems (M. Lynne Markus).

3. Phenomenology, Screens, and the World: A Journey with Husserl and Heidegger into Phenomenology (Lucas D. Introna and Fernando M. Ilharco).

4. Hermeneutics in Information Systems Research (Michael D. Myers).

5. Adorno: A Critical Theory for IS Research (Stephen K. Probert).

6. The Critical Social Theory of J ยจ urgen Habermas and its Implications for IS Research (Heinz K. Klein and Minh Q. Huynh).

7. Foucault, Power/Knowledge and Information Systems: Reconstructing the Present (Leslie P. Willcocks).

8. Structuration Theory and Information Systems: A Critical Reappraisal (Matthew Jones, Wanda Orlikowski and Kamal Munir).

9. WhatWe May Learn from the Social Shaping of Technology Approach (Debra Howcroft, Nathalie Mitev and Melanie Wilson).

10. Re-establishing the Real: Critical Realism and Information Systems (John Mingers).

11. Complexity and Information Systems (Yasmin Merali).


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