- 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 Screenness: 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
Phenomenology is widely used in management studies, notably in organizational analysis, and the core disciplines of anthropology, sociology, history, and psychology, among many others. This article endeavours to provide a coherent account of phenomenology, discussing its central concerns and concepts, making some contrasts within the phenomenology movement, and providing a brief discussion of the phenomenological method. It shows the value of the phenomenological approach and method by doing a phenomenological analysis of the phenomenon ‘screen’ and presenting a critical assessment of it. The article includes some existing work in phenomenology that may serve as examples of how phenomenology may be used to inform future research. This article draws on literature on the phenomenological movement and its relevance to the information system field.
Lucas D. Introna is Professor of Organization, Technology and Ethics at the Management School, Lancaster University.
Fernando Ilharco is Assistant Professor of the Catholic University of Portugal, Lisbon, where he is Director of the Ph.D. in Communication Sciences Programme. He holds a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Department of Information Systems, 2002, and an M.B.A. from the business school of the Catholic University of Portugal (1993). Since his Ph.D., Ilharco has been publishing regularly in academic journals and books. His areas of interest are (i) ICT and Society and (ii) Leadership and Organizational Theory, both informed by phenomenological lenses. For ten years he kept a regular column on societal issues on Público, a leading Portuguese reference newspaper.
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