- 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 addresses the relationship between IT, globalization, and human development, and discusses how IS research can inform our understanding of this relationship. It summarizes some key literature on globalization through the eyes of various well-known scholars of the contemporary world. All of them argue the need for increasing reflection and changed action in order to make a better world or to support human development in its broadest sense. This is followed by globalization and presents a brief discussion of ‘human development’ arguing that this is needed by all people and countries, not just by the developing countries. The argument is made that IS researchers can contribute by addressing their research explicitly to issues of human development through a critical approach. Two illustrations are given of critical research on IT in a globalized world, namely health information systems and IT for the poor.
Geoff Walsham is Professor of Management Studies (Information Systems) at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. In addition to Cambridge, he has held academic posts at the University of Lancaster in the UK where he was Professor of Information Management, the University of Nairobi in Kenya, and Mindanao State University in the Philippines. His teaching and research is focused on the question: are we making a better world with information and communication technologies? He was one the early pioneers of interpretive approaches to research on information systems.
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