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The status of the IS field: historical perspective and practical orientation

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dc.contributor.author Fitzgerald, Brian
dc.contributor.author Adam, Frédéric
dc.date.accessioned 2009-01-08T11:23:55Z
dc.date.available 2009-01-08T11:23:55Z
dc.date.issued 2000
dc.identifier.citation Adam, F. and Fitzgerald, B. (2000) 'The status of the IS field: historical perspective and practical orientation', Information Research, 5(4). en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/88
dc.description peer-reviewed
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
dc.language.iso eng en
dc.publisher Professor Tom Wilson of the Department of Information Studies, University of Sheffield en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Information Research;Vol.5/ No. 4
dc.relation.uri http://informationr.net/ir/5-4/paper81.html
dc.subject information systems en
dc.title The status of the IS field: historical perspective and practical orientation en
dc.type Article en
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en
dc.type.restriction none en
dc.identifier.local 08SE2033

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