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Artefact science vs. practice science: seeking information systems identity
Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, VITS - Development of Informations Systems and Work Context.
2008 (English)In: Intl Conference on Action in Language, Organisations and Information Systems,2008, Uppsala: Uppsala universitet , 2008Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper addresses the important paradigmatic issue of how to conceive the science of information systems (IS). It investigates especially the relations between IS science and its empirical fields (development and usage of information systems). One possible view of IS science is reviewed; an artefact science view. With inspiration from and critique of this view another view is articulated: Information systems as a science of the practical. Elements of this IS science view are outlined. This is made through exploring the practice concept. The character of IS practices as complex, multi-facetted phenomena are described. Ten paradigmatic principles for a practice oriented IS science are proposed. Central in the practice view of IS science is its ability to contribute to improvements of IS practices. This is especially clarified through formulating knowledge interests for an IS science of the practical.  

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Uppsala: Uppsala universitet , 2008.
Keyword [en]
information systems, practice science
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Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-44167Local ID: 75960OAI: diva2:265028
Available from: 2009-10-10 Created: 2009-10-10

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