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From Instrumentality to Emergence in Information Systems

Richard T. Watson, Pierre Berthon and Leyland F. Pitt

in The Oxford Handbook of Management Information Systems

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780199580583
Published online September 2011 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199580583.003.0030

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management

From Instrumentality to Emergence in Information Systems

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This article take an expansive view of the field of management information system (MIS) and argues for a broadening of the field's traditional boundaries as the issues of the twenty-first century are confronted. Traditional foci associated with information systems within organizations as opposed to the information age constrain the research. The dominance of emergence in the landscape means that IS researchers need to widen their approaches to studying IS phenomena. First, the traditional focus is on corporate domains but now so much more happens in personal spaces and information systems are the fabric of everyday life. Second, technological change has made so many new sources of data available to study. This article concludes that issues or emergence and innovation are the very stuff of MIS as it attempts to address the many pressing issues of the twenty-first century — a century in which information and communication technologies will play an increasing and perceived role.

Keywords: management information system; traditional foci; emergence; technological change; innovation

Article.  4186 words. 

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

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