Information Systems and Business Information Technology

Information Systems and Business Information Technology

Bernd Carsten Stahl (De Montford University, UK)
Copyright: © 2004 |Pages: 8
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-172-8.ch001
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Abstract

This first content chapter of the book is meant to clarify the notions involved in the responsible management of information systems. The focus of this book is the concept of reflective responsibility, which will be developed in the subsequent chapters. However, the application of this theory will be the area of information systems. In order to develop what responsibility means in the context of information systems, we will therefore have to define the notion. This is not an easy task, as “information system” can mean many things. On the one hand there is the academic discipline, sometimes called information systems, computer information systems, management information systems, etc., and on the other hand there is the physical artefact. This artefact, be it a computer, a network, or some other type of ICT, becomes an information system by being used in social settings. Information systems have been defined as “an amalgam of hardware, software, procedures, and activities” (Lyytinen & Hirschheim, 1988, p. 19). This chapter will use another route to introduce the concept of information systems. It will look at three of the constitutive aspects of information systems, namely at business, information, and technology. By analysing these three terms and their composition, it will show what information systems are, and more importantly, why the theory of reflective responsibility is a promising approach to addressing the normative problems raised by them.

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Acknowledgments
Chapter 1
Bernd Carsten Stahl
This first content chapter of the book is meant to clarify the notions involved in the responsible management of information systems. The focus of... Sample PDF
Information Systems and Business Information Technology
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Chapter 2
Ethics and Morality  (pages 9-25)
Bernd Carsten Stahl
Academic texts have to conform to certain standards, and one of these is to define the concepts they use. Texts dealing with ethics or morality... Sample PDF
Ethics and Morality
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Chapter 3
Bernd Carsten Stahl
In this chapter we want to show why it makes sense to use the concept of responsibility with respect to the business use of information technology.... Sample PDF
Why Responsibility and Information Systems?
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Chapter 4
Bernd Carsten Stahl
In the broadest possible sense, responsibility is “but a set of practices that we use to describe and understand individual and social behaviour”... Sample PDF
The Theory of Responsibility and Information Systems
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Chapter 5
Reflective Responsibility  (pages 117-151)
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What is “reflective responsibility”? The idea behind it is to see whether the concept as discussed so far is applicable to itself and what... Sample PDF
Reflective Responsibility
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Chapter 6
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Before we start analysing the details of how reflective responsibility impacts on the use of information technology, we should briefly recapitulate... Sample PDF
Reflective Responsibility and the Management of Information Systems
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