The relationship of IT to IS: An inquiry into the Techno scientific nature of the is field

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Abstract

This paper explores the philosophical questions surrounding the lack of clarity on information technology (IT) by the information systems (IS) field. It argues based on the historical origins of both terms for the IS field to position IT as the raison d'être for the IS field. Based on the technological foundations of the field, the IS field has a bright future, not as a pure or applied science, but as a technoscience, a method of inquiry that avoids the extremes of both rationalism and empiricism. As a technoscience, IS can be positioned like other "modern" natural and human sciences such as physics and psychology, but uniquely premised on technologies that carry structures of meaning for its interpreters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAssociation for Information Systems - 12th Americas Conference On Information Systems, AMCIS 2006
Pages3603-3609
Number of pages7
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006
Event12th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2006 - Acapulco, Mexico
Duration: Aug 4 2006Aug 6 2006

Publication series

NameAssociation for Information Systems - 12th Americas Conference On Information Systems, AMCIS 2006
Volume6

Other

Other12th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2006
Country/TerritoryMexico
CityAcapulco
Period8/4/068/6/06

Keywords

  • Disciplinary foundations
  • IT artifact
  • Information theory
  • Philosophy of IS and IT
  • Technoscience

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