- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- Editor Biographies
- Author Biographies
- Critical Theory and its Contribution to Critical Management Studies
- Critical Realism in Critical Management Studies
- Poststructuralism in Critical Management Studies
- Perspectives on Labor Process Theory
- Organizations and the Natural Environment
- Power at Work in Organizations
- Critical Management Studies on Identity: Mapping the Terrain
- Managing Globalization
- Discourse and Critical Management Studies
- Culture: Broadening the Critical Repertoire
- Critical Approaches to Organizational Change
- Ethics: Critique, Ambivalence, and Infinite Responsibilities (Unmet)
- Critical Management and Organizational History
- Gender and Diversity: Other Ways to “Make a Difference”
- Towards a Workers' Society? New Perspectives on Work and Emancipation
- Critical Management Methodology
- Information Systems
- Human Resource Management
- Challenging Hierarchy
- On Striving to Give a Critical Edge to Critical Management Studies
- Critical Reflections on Labor Process Theory, Work, and Management
- Critical Management Education
- Handbooks, Swarms, and Living Dangerously
Abstract and Keywords
This article aims to provide an overview of key themes and emergent issues in critical information systems (IS) research. This includes a diversity of research endeavours that are committed to challenging the current orthodoxy within IS theory and research. Common threads can be found that link critical IS researchers with CMS researchers: this could be expressed as denaturalization, anti-performativity and reflexivity or the role of insight, critique, and transformative redefinition within our research. However, the article differs slightly from the broader constitution of CMS with regard to the author's concern with technology. Critical IS research is opposed to technological determinism and instrumental rationality underlying systems development and seeks to challenge rather than justify technological imperatives as natural and/or unavoidable.
Debra Howcroft is Professor of Technology and Organizations at Manchester Business School and a member of the ESRC-funded Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC). Broadly, her research interests are concerned with the drivers and consequences of socio-economic restructuring in a global context. Books include the Handbook of Critical Information Systems Research: Theory and Application (Edward Elgar, 2005), Social Inclusion: Societal & Organizational Implications for Information Systems (Springer-Verlag, 2006), and Foundations, Philosophy and Research Methods (Sage, 2008).
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