- 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 attempts to look at factors and events that led to the birth of the information system (IS) field, and traces how the field has changed over time and evolved. It also explains why at various times different names such as MIS, IT, IS, information management, information science, etc., have been proposed to label the IS field. Each framework's architects are thought to have discovered the true core of IS. Despite significant and seemingly continuous efforts toward defining the boundary of the IS field, the boundary remains fluid. The first step in trying to understand and resolve these issues is to step back and reflect on the history of the IS field. Such an understanding would facilitate IS researchers in answering the questions about IS, differentiating the IS field from other disciplines, and developing a sense of an IS identity.
Rudy Hirschheim is the Ourso Family Distinguished Professor of Information Systems in the E. J. Ourso College of Business, Louisiana State University. He has previously been on the faculties of the University of Houston, Templeton College Oxford (UK), London School of Economics (UK), and McMaster University (Canada). He has held visiting appointments at Monash University (Australia), University of New South Wales (Australia), University of Bayreuth (Germany), University of Jyvaskyla (Finland), University of Warwick (UK), University of Linz (Austria), and University of Paris‐Dauphine (France). He is past Senior Editor for the Journal of the Association for Information Systems and on the editorial boards of the journals: Information and Organization; Information Systems Journal; Journal of Strategic Information Systems; Journal of MIS; and Journal of Information Technology; and has previously been on the boards of: European Journal of Information Systems and MIS Quarterly. He was VP for Publications for the Association for Information Systems. In 2006, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Oulu (Finland). And in 2007, he was made ‘Fellow’ of the Association for Information Systems. His research interests relate to IT management, especially outsourcing.
Heinz Karl Klein (1940–2008) was a professor and scholar who made fundamental contributions to the philosophical foundations of the field of Information Systems, and the subfields of systems development, data modelling, and interpretive research in information systems. He is a widely cited scholar in these areas 〈http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heinz_Klein-cite_note-0〉. Dr Klein earned his Dipl.Kfm. (equivalent of an MBA) and Ph.D. from the Faculty of Business Administration, University of Munich. In 1998, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Oulu for his academic contributions to the development of information systems research in Finland. He received the Paper of the Year award for 1999 from MIS Quarterly. From 2001 to 2004 he was a doctoral programme director at Temple University. In his last years he was Invited Chair at Salford University, and Adjunct Professor at the School of Management of the State University of New York at Binghamton. He also held a variety of research and teaching appointments at major research universities in Germany, Canada, Finland, Denmark, New Zealand, and South Africa. His mentoring of doctoral students and junior faculty produced several nationally and internationally renowned university professors.
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