The status of the information systems field: historical perspective and practical orientation

Show simple item record Adam, Frédéric Fitzgerald, Brian 2018-08-08T14:26:25Z 2018-08-08T14:26:25Z 2000
dc.identifier.citation Adam, F. and Fitzgerald, B. (2000) 'The status of the information systems field: historical perspective and practical orientation', Information Research, 5 (4). Available at: en
dc.identifier.volume 5 en
dc.identifier.issued 4 en
dc.identifier.issn 1368-1613
dc.description.abstract This paper provides a detailed assessment of the current status of the Information Systems (IS) field by tracing its historical evolution. It uses lessons drawn from the history of another social science, sociology, to highlight some of the fundamental choices now facing IS researchers. Firstly, the paper identifies the most important tensions and forces that shaped the evolution of the IS field in the 40 or so years of its history. Secondly, it draw a comparison between IS and sociology and uses some selected fundamental patterns of the history of the latter to explain the main aspects of the evolution of IS. Finally, noting that IS researchers do not seem to have succeeded in developing a core of concepts and definitions to enable the accumulation of knowledge in IS and to significantly contribute to the improvement of the business application of information systems, the paper calls for a debate on the future orientations of the field and identifies some of the choices that can be made at this stage of the evolution of the field. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University of Borås en
dc.rights © the authors, 2000. en
dc.subject Information systems (IS) en
dc.subject Sociology en
dc.subject Social sciences en
dc.subject Information systems research en
dc.title The status of the information systems field: historical perspective and practical orientation en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Frederic Adam, Business Information Systems, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: en
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dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Information Research en
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