Interpreting integration with respect to information systems in organizations - Image, theory and reality

Waring, Teresa and Wainwright, David (2000) Interpreting integration with respect to information systems in organizations - Image, theory and reality. Journal of Information Technology, 15. pp. 131-147. ISSN 0268 3962

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/026839600344320

Abstract

The integration of information systems (IS) is a phrase which is commonly used in both research and practice within the IS field and across many organizational contexts. This paper uses a historical review to explore how the image of integrated IS has been constructed, evolved over three decades and how this has resulted in the widespread acceptance of idealized goals and benefits. A literature search for an underlying theoretical basis for the concept of systems integration is made, highlighting a diversity of opinion. Two case studies are used to examine the meaning of integration relative to the images and ideals, theory and reality. The study concludes that there is an urgent need for better conceptual and theoretical models of integration to enable more effective discourse of the concept. These models must also encompass and include more diverse non-technical factors for the adoption of more complex forms of IS.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: G500 Information Systems
N100 Business studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School > Business and Management
Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mathematics and Information Sciences
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2015 14:23
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:11
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/19225

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