Information-As-System in Information Systems: A Systems Thinking Perspective

Information-As-System in Information Systems: A Systems Thinking Perspective

Tuan M. Nguyen (HCMC University of Technology, Vietnam) and Huy V. Vo (HCMC University of Technology, Vietnam)
DOI: 10.4018/jitsa.2008070101
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This article investigates the complex nature of information in information systems (IS). Based on the systems thinking framework, this study argues that information in IS is a system in its own right. A conceptual model of information-as-system is built on the systems thinking perspective adopted from Gharajedaghi’s holistic thinking rooted from Ackoff systems approach, which is developed through Peirce’s semiotics with the validity support of Metcalfe and Powell’s perspective of information perception, Mingers and Brocklesby’s schema of situational actions, Toulmin’s theory of argumentation and Ulrich’s theory of systems boundary. The proposed model of information-as-systems is described in terms of triads–on the structure, function, and process, all interdependent–in a context of information-as-system in IS.

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