- List of Contributors
- Historical Reflections on the Practice of Information Management and Implications for the Field of MIS
- Tracing the History of the Information Systems Field
- The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth: High‐Quality Research in Information Systems
- Systems Thinking and Soft Systems Methodology
- Structuration Theory
- Institutional Theory of Information Technology
- ‘Everything is Dangerous’: Rethinking Michel Foucault and the Social Study of ICT
- Critical Social Information Systems Research
- Hermeneutics and Meaning‐Making in Information Systems
- Phenomenology, Screens, and <i>Screenness</i>: Returning to the World Itself
- Post‐structuralism, Social Shaping of Technology, and Actor‐Network Theory: What Can They Bring to IS Research?
- Further Developments in Information Systems Strategizing: Unpacking the Concept
- Rethinking Business–IT Alignment
- IT‐Dependent Strategic Initiatives and Sustained Competitive Advantage: A Review, Synthesis, and an Extension of the Literature
- Changing the Story Surrounding Enterprise Systems to Improve our Understanding of What Makes ERP Work in Organizations
- A Multi‐theoretic Approach to IT Governance: The Need for Commitment as well as Alignment
- Rethinking Information Systems Security
- Mobile IT
- A Review of the IT Outsourcing Literature: Insights for Practice
- Managing Knowledge Work
- Rethinking Gender and MIS for the Twenty‐First Century
- Green Digits: Towards an Ecology of IT Thinking
- Ethics and ICT
- IT, Globalization, and Human Development: A Personal View
- Discourses on Innovation and Development in Information Systems in Developing Countries Research
- From Instrumentality to Emergence in Information Systems
Abstract and Keywords
This article gives an overview of the contemporary management information systems (MIS) landscape, the leading social theories applied in studies of MIS, the major concerns of contemporary information management practice, and the larger social issues in which information technology (IT) is implicated at present. It briefly characterizes three co-evolving trends in the practice of information management: the professionalization of management and information management, the externalization of IT work, and the transformation of in-house IT services. Professionalism facilitates the movement of IT workers among IT-using organizations. It also promotes externalization, which means the movement of IT professionals out of IT-using organizations and into organizations that specialize in the provision of IT services. These trends are likely to continue unfolding for some years to come, leading to new opportunities and challenges for the field of MIS.
M. Lynne Markus is the John W. Poduska, Sr., Professor of Information and Process Management at Bentley University. Professor Markus's research interests include IT governance, the organizational architectures of multinational enterprises, data and process standardization, and interorganizational information sharing and systems. She is the author or editor of five books and over 100 other scholarly publications, two of which have received the Association for Information Systems (AIS) Publication of the Year award. She was named a fellow of the AIS in 2004 and received the AIS LEO Award for Exceptional Lifetime Achievement in Information Systems in 2008.
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