- 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 focuses on theoretical perspectives by looking at the contribution of Michel Foucault's work, which is seen as ‘unjustly neglected’ in the information system (IS) field. It assess Foucault's views of techne and technology and argues that IS could learn from a deeper Foucauldian genealogy. This article assumes a degree of familiarity with Foucault's main work, but not with its application to information and communications technology. It then critically evaluates and illustrates how this application can be used in the study of information and communication technology (ICTs) in IS, organization, management, and surveillance studies, and more recently by those studying governmentality, network society, techno-bodies, and cyberspace. It then illustrates Foucauldian perspectives, concepts, methods applied, results, and effective applications of Foucauldian perspectives on ICTs in IS, organization, management, and surveillance studies. The final section argues against the view that Foucault has become less relevant with moves to liquid modernity, network society and new forms of technology.
Leslie P. Willcocks is Professor of Technology, Work and Globalization at the Information Systems Group, Department of Management, London School of Economics and Political Science.
Eleni Lioliou is currently pursuing her Ph.D. research at LSE. Her research has been funded by the Karelia Foundation, Leventis Foundation, and the LSE. She holds a B.Sc., a B.A., an M.Litt., an M.Sc., and an M.Phil. She has worked as a research assistant for the LSE, University of Warwick and the University of Loughborough, as well as a teaching assistant at the LSE, London Business School, University College London, and the Cass Business School. Her research interest revolves around IT outsourcing and offshoring, governance, control as well as the Foucauldian approach into the study of ICTs.
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