Do We Mean Information Systems or Systems of Information?

Do We Mean Information Systems or Systems of Information?

Frank Stowell (University of Portsmouth, UK)
DOI: 10.4018/jitsa.2008010102
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This article raises questions about the nature of information systems and the way they are designed and developed, and suggests areas where IS researchers may wish to investigate. I raise the issue whether the domain of information systems should be thought of in terms of systems of information rather than through the mnemonic IS which might help highlight wider considerations. In the article, four questions are raised, deemed as appropriate to information systems research. These questions are about the nature of IS, design methods, the underpinning philosophy, and IS failure. By raising these four areas of concern in this article, the intention is to stimulate debate rather than provide answers.

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