The UK Academy for Information Systems (UKAIS) 2007 Conference: 21st century organisations: do organisations matter?: The widening periphery of information systems research: Some reflections and ideas for action

Wainwright, David, Brooks, Laurence and Wood, Bob (2007) The UK Academy for Information Systems (UKAIS) 2007 Conference: 21st century organisations: do organisations matter?: The widening periphery of information systems research: Some reflections and ideas for action. International Journal of Information Management, 27 (6). pp. 380-385. ISSN 0268-4012

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijinfomgt.2007.08.004

Abstract

Purpose - To offer the authors' own observations on the ways in which information science is developing in relation to information management in an extensive introduction to a special issue of European Journal of Information Management devoted mainly to papers presented at the UK Academy for Information Systems (UKAIS) 2007 Conference, Manchester University, UK, 11-12 April 2007.

Design/methodology/approach - A brief review of the literature of information science, information systems (IS) and IT is presented, followed by summaries of the articles to follow.

Findings - The authors' attention is focused on the growing debate over the need for action and change if the IS community is to develop a more coherent view and definition of the IS field. Concludes that: the IS research field is evolving and proliferating rapidly; the debate over what constitutes the core and the periphery of IS research is valid; IS has embraced a plurality of research approaches, methods and techniques and is achieving a good balance of rigour and relevance; IS research may be considered too far removed from practice and could be seen to be drifting further with the crossing of boundaries into sociology, anthropology and political philosophy; the IT productivity paradox still exists; and there is a need to articulate more clearly what IS is Sets out a number of action points that include: developing a revised definition for IS; making the boundaries for IS research more clearly defined; developing a popular definition of an IS system; focusing on rebuilding the IS community and identity; focusing on mechanisms for greater engagement of IS academics with practitioners; and focusing on a redefinition of the IS subject programme syllabus.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P100 Information Services
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Computer and Information Sciences
Depositing User: Sarah Howells
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2012 12:00
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2017 14:20
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/10469

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