Lee (2010) Retrospect and Prospect

Abstract

Retrospect and Prospect: Information Systems Research in the Last and Next 25 Years

To its detriment, past research in information systems (IS) has taken for granted many of its own key concepts, including 'information,' 'theory,' 'system,' 'organization,' and 'relevance.' This essay examines these concepts, shows how they have been neglected, and offers the prospect in which research in IS no longer models itself on the research disciplines found in the natural and social sciences, but instead charts a course for its future development by modeling itself on the research disciplines found in the professions, such as medicine, engineering, architecture, and law.

Citation Allen S. Lee (2010). Retrospect and Prospect: Information Systems Research in the Last and Next 25 Years. Journal of Information Technology, vol. 25 no. 4, pp. 336–348. URL

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BibTex entry for this article:

@article{lee2010retrospect,
author = {Lee, Allen S.},
doi = {10.1057/jit.2010.24},
isbn = {0268-3962},
issn = {02683962},
journal = {Journal of Information Technology},
number = {4},
pages = {336--348},
publisher = {Palgrave Macmillan},
title = {{Retrospect and Prospect: Information Systems Research in the Last and Next 25 Years}},
url = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/jit.2010.24},
volume = {25},
year = {2010}
}

Key ideas

IS ~ Information Systems

To it's detriment, past research in IS has taken for granted many of it's own concepts including:

  • information
  • theory
  • system
  • organisation
  • relevance

What about technology?

  • “technology is so persuasive that it is embedded in each concept” ~ Seminar participant
  • Author embeds it in these concepts

Someone could come from an Information science background and make a contribution to the discipline

This essay examines these concepts, how they have been neglected, and offers the prospect in which research into IS no longer models itself on the research disciplines found in the natural and social sciences.

But instead charts a course for it's future developed by modeling itself on the research disciplines found in the professions, such as medicine, engineering, architecture, and law.

~ Presentation by Irwin Brown on 29 Feb 2016

Notes

Keywords:

INF6001W, information, organization, professions, relevance, system, theory

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