Information, Systems and Information Systems: Making Sense of the Field

  title={Information, Systems and Information Systems: Making Sense of the Field},
  author={Peter Checkland and Sue Holwell},
  journal={Journal of the Operational Research Society},
From the Publisher: This book makes sense of the large, sprawling, confusing field of information systems (IS) and helps readers distinguish between information systems and information technology (IT). Based on author Peter Checkland's years of experience working with top international companies, this book explores the concept of IS as well as its practice in the real world. 
Information Systems as a Reference Discipline
The conventional wisdom amongst information systems (IS) researchers is that information systems is an applied discipline drawing upon other, more fundamental, reference disciplines, but a re-think of the idea of "reference disciplines" for IS is suggested.
Responsibility in User Participation in Information Systems Development
Information systems (IS) are social in nature; they structure and use information technology within an organisation to fulfil its needs. If we are to fully understand IS development in an
Information Systems - a Cyborg Discipline
  • M. Ramage
  • Sociology
    Relevant Theory and Informed Practice
  • 2004
The argument for this model of information systems in terms of cyborgs is substantiated from the personal experience of the author, presented as examples of being a cyborg researcher within a disciplinary context.
People frames: the social construction of information systems
A qualitative study in the context of an engineering firm's adoption of a commercial ERP package suggests that besides frames of technology, the beliefs and perceptions that stakeholders have of each other influence their utilization of technological artifacts and influence the operation of information systems.
The paucity of multimethod research: a review of the information systems literature
The findings are that multimethod research within the information system (IS) discipline is relatively scarce, and where it occurs involves only a small set of traditional methods.
This paper will examine the shifts in perspective that have taken place in the Information Systems community in the last decade, as reflected in the published literature. Specifically, a trend is
A Brief Historical Review of the Development of the Distinction between Data and Information in the Information Systems Literature
It is shown that, in fact, the distinction between data and information is not obvious, that it is an outgrowth of work in the information systems area, and that the distinction is not clearly understood.
Managerial Subjectivity and Information Systems: A Discussion Paper
The 'information' of an information system does not have a single or static existence, it holds multiple meanings for those using the system. This paper utilizes a critical theoretical perspective to
Information Systems Rollout for Knowledge Management at the ABS
Through this it is seen that the strategic methodology used for rollout was successful, and the new information systems used are valued and effective, but that there is a residual resentment for the abolition of alternative software for workers' use.
Information systems research methodologies and models
The paper discusses the body of knowledge in this field recommended for doctoral students in information systems and argues that one of shortcomings of majority of the current doctoral study programs in information system is insufficient attention to research methodology.