In Search of an Integrative Vision for Technology: Interdisciplinary Studies in Information Systems / Edition 1 available in Hardcover
This book provides a fascinating reading experience for anyone interested in an inquiring relationship between technical progress and the quality of the human condition. It manages to keep a healthier balance between these two complex topics than is found in most publications of the genre. The book also manages to build accessible bridges over the gulf that tends to separate the philosophical language from the 'real' concerns of technologists.
Table of ContentsIntroduction: In Search of an Integrative Vision for Technology.- Introduction: In Search of an Integrative Vision for Technology.- Artifacts and their Development.- Aspects of Knowledge Representation.- Reflecting on the Use of the Concept of Qualifying Function in System Design.- Elicitation of Highly Interdisciplinary Knowledge.- An Appreciative Critique and Refinement of Checkland’s Soft Systems Methodology.- Socio-Technical Systems.- The Systems Character of Modern Technology.- Communication Without Bounds?.- Norms of Communication and the Rise of the Network Society.- Human Practices.- Evaluation of Systems in Human Practice.- Multimodal Investigation of Technology-Aided Human Practice in Business Operations.- An Aspectual Understanding of the Human Use of Information Technology.- Directional Perspectives.- The Idea of a Systems Ethics.- Normative Sources of Systems Thinking: An Inquiry into Religious Ground-Motives of Systems Thinking Paradigms.- Towards a ‘Disclosive Systems Thinking’.- Critical Reflections.- Reflections on the CPTS Model of Interdisciplinarity.- Technology and Systems but What about the Humanities?.