Sociomateriality and IS identity

Nik R. Hassan, Dirk S. Hovorka

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Abstract

Challenges to identifying the information systems (IS) field originate within the community, from external institutional forces, from the change in technology, from the emergence of new phenomena, and finally, from the changing understanding of what a "field" or "discipline" entails. In this study we trace the historiography of the IS field to illustrate sources of confusion arising from deeply held assumptions regarding the formation and legitimacy of IS identity. By introducing the identity of IS as a "human science" as opposed to that of a natural science, we illuminate an interstitial gap in knowledge which IS inhabits. To address this gap, we posit sociomateriality as a perspective that offers IS a distinct identity as an academically and socially relevant field by uncovering and enabling research into the entanglement of humans, information, and technologies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationACIS 2011 Proceedings - 22nd Australasian Conference on Information Systems
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011
Event22nd Australasian Conference on Information Systems, ACIS 2011 - Sydney, NSW, Australia
Duration: Nov 29 2011Dec 2 2011

Publication series

NameACIS 2011 Proceedings - 22nd Australasian Conference on Information Systems

Other

Other22nd Australasian Conference on Information Systems, ACIS 2011
CountryAustralia
CitySydney, NSW
Period11/29/1112/2/11

Keywords

  • Disciplinary identity
  • IS identity
  • IT artefact
  • Information
  • Sociomateriality

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