- 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 part of the book introduces the content of Part I of the text. Part I provides insights into the development of the MIS field and through a historical overview traces five decades of the information systems academic field looking at developments in technology, research themes, schools of thought, education and the curriculum, and infrastructural advancements and the launch of professional societies.
In this volume, The Oxford Handbook of Management Information Systems: Critical Perspectives and New Directions, we include twenty-six chapters by leading scholars in the field. We present this body of work in four parts, including Setting the Scene (Part I), Theoretical and Methodological Perspectives in MIS (Part II), Rethinking Theory in MIS Practice (Part III), and Rethinking MIS Practice in a Broader Context (Part IV).
In the opening chapter to this volume, Lynne Markus provides valuable insights into the development of the MIS field, considering how changing technology has posed a series of important challenges to organizations and individuals. This is followed by a chapter by Rudy Hirschheim and Heinz K. Klein (1940–2008) where they trace five decades of the information systems academic field. They divide the decades into four eras from 1964 to 1974, 1975 to 1984, 1985 to 1994, and from 1995 onwards. They include important developments in technology, research themes, schools of thought, education and the curriculum, and infrastructural advancements and the launch of professional societies. This historical overview is critically important for gaining a wide appreciation of how the information systems field has developed from the early 1960s to the present day. (p. 2)
Robert D. Galliers is Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the Bentley College, USA; and Visiting Professor at the Information Systems Group, Department of Management, London School of Economics and Political Science.
Wendy L. Currie holds a PhD in Management and a BSc in Sociology. Currie is on the editorial board of ten academic journals and regularly publishes her research work. She currently serves as Hon Treasurer for the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine charity and is a Trustee of the Cardiovascular Research Trust. She regularly consults on the interface between business, management and technology and has recently completed assignments with Microsoft, Mouchel, 7 Layer, Deloitte, the Church of England and Barclays Capital.