Information Systems

Debra Howcroft

in The Oxford Handbook of Critical Management Studies

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199595686
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management

 Information Systems

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This article aims to provide an overview of key themes and emergent issues in critical information systems (IS) research. This includes a diversity of research endeavours that are committed to challenging the current orthodoxy within IS theory and research. Common threads can be found that link critical IS researchers with CMS researchers: this could be expressed as denaturalization, anti-performativity and reflexivity or the role of insight, critique, and transformative redefinition within our research. However, the article differs slightly from the broader constitution of CMS with regard to the author's concern with technology. Critical IS research is opposed to technological determinism and instrumental rationality underlying systems development and seeks to challenge rather than justify technological imperatives as natural and/or unavoidable.

Keywords: critical information systems; IS theory; CMS researchers; denaturalization; anti-performativity; technological determinism

Article.  9371 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management ; Knowledge Management ; Organizational Theory and Behaviour

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