Is information systems a discipline? A foucauldian and toulminian analysis

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Abstract

Based on Michel Foucault's description of how knowledge is created and Stephen Toulmin's philosophy of human understanding, this essay uncovers what it means for a branch of knowledge to be a discipline. This deconstruction explains certain disciplinary misconceptions existing within the IS field and addresses the field's disciplinary status. Although the findings suggest that the IS field does not yet qualify as a discipline in its own right, they show that as soon as the members of the IS field can reconstitute the field's meta-theoretical structure and scholarly content, it is certainly capable of reaching that status.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationICIS 2006 Proceedings - Twenty-Seventh International Conference on Information Systems
Pages425-440
Number of pages16
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006
Event27th International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2006 - Milwaukee, WI, United States
Duration: Dec 10 2006Dec 13 2006

Other

Other27th International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2006
CountryUnited States
CityMilwaukee, WI
Period12/10/0612/13/06

Keywords

  • Archeology of knowledge
  • Disciplinary status
  • Foucault
  • IS discipline
  • IS theory
  • Philosophical foundations of IS
  • Toulmin

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    Hassan, N. R. (2006). Is information systems a discipline? A foucauldian and toulminian analysis. In ICIS 2006 Proceedings - Twenty-Seventh International Conference on Information Systems (pp. 425-440)