- 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
The purpose of this article is to introduce information system (IS) researchers to the field of hermeneutics. It begins by sketching out a brief history of hermeneutics. It highlights that hermeneutics, as the art or practice of interpretation, is an intellectual tradition. It further suggests that there are different views as to what is being ‘recovered’ in the process of interpretation. This article proceeds to propose that the development of hermeneutics can be characterized as a gradual expansion of the nature of the ‘text’ to be interpreted: from the notion of obscure (often religious) texts to seemingly obscure texts (such as art and music) to everyday life as a text; or from a methodology for interpreting obscure texts to an ontology of social life as fundamentally hermeneutic. This article closes with some conclusions and implications for IS researchers — both for their research practice and their objects of study.
Lucas D. Introna is Professor of Organization, Technology and Ethics at the Management School, Lancaster University.
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