- 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 aims to address an omission in information system research concerning the debate in social science on postmodernism and post-structuralism. It outlines the fundamental arguments of this debate and draw attention to the relevant discussions and disputes. This provides a clear understanding of actor network theory (ANT) as it originates from post-structuralist debates in the field of science and technology studies (STS). It begins by summarizing some of the key debates that are of relevance within poststructuralism and constructivism. The difficulties in using ANT are mentioned and these are due to a lack of exposure to poststructuralism in IS research, as compared with other related disciplines. It draws out a relationship between social shaping of technology, social construction of technology, and ANT. This article further suggests that consideration of efforts in related fields to combine ANT with critical social analysis may be a worthwhile pursuit.
Nathalie Mitev is a senior lecturer at the London School of Economics, held previous positions at Salford University and City University, and has been teaching information systems (IS) for the last twenty years. She holds several French postgraduate degrees, an M.B.A. and a Ph.D. Her research interests focus on IS and organizational change, and she has researched IS in the travel, health, small business, and construction industries. She has applied theories from the sociology of technology to analysing IS failures.
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.
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