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On using spheres of meaning to define and dignify the IS discipline

Basden, A 2010, 'On using spheres of meaning to define and dignify the IS discipline' , International Journal of Information Management, 30 (1) , pp. 13-20.

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Abstract

The question, “Is information systems a real discipline?” has taxed IS scholars for over 20 years, and they debate its identity at length. Many other disciplines are facing similar crises. This article suggests a new approach, which views disciplines in terms of what is meaningful to thosewhowork within them. Making use of the philosophical notion of ‘spheres of meaning’, and one well-thought-out suite of such spheres, the core contribution of the IS discipline may be understood, giving it confidence among its neighbours, so as to maintain dialogue with them. Questions about identity are replaced by questions about dignity, destiny and responsibility, and strategic suggestions are offered.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Business & Law > Salford Business School > Centre for Digital Business
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Information Management
Publisher: Elsevier
Refereed: No
ISBN: ISBN: 978-90-807718-6-4
ISSN: 0268-4012
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: H Ahmad
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2010 12:02
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2015 14:19
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/11524

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