Phenomenology, Organizational Politics, and IT Design: The Social Study of Information Systems

Phenomenology, Organizational Politics, and IT Design: The Social Study of Information Systems

Gianluigi Viscusi (University of Milan Bicocca, Italy), Gian Marco Campagnolo (University of Edinburgh, UK), and Ylenia Curzi (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy)
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Release Date: March, 2012|Copyright: © 2012 |Pages: 427
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-0303-5
ISBN13: 9781466603035|ISBN10: 1466603038|EISBN13: 9781466603042
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Description:

Information systems are researched, published on, and utilized as an extremely broad and vital sector of current technology development, usually studied from the scientific or technological viewpoints therein.

Phenomenology, Organizational Politics, and IT Design: The Social Study of Information Systems offers a new look at the latest research and critical issues within the field of information systems by creating solid theoretical frameworks and the latest empirical findings of social developments. Professionals, academics, and researchers working with information will find this volume a compelling and vital resource for a cross fertilization among different, yet complementary, and strictly connected domains of scientific knowledge, consisting of information systems research, philosophy of social science, and organizational studies.

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The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Domain engineering
  • Interactionist perspective
  • Memory and information growth
  • Micro-orders
  • Organizational Design
  • Personnel satisfaction
  • Phenomenological perspective
  • Situated action
  • Social worlds
  • Systems design
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The overall mission of this publication is to keep alive one of the most valuable teachings of Claudio Ciborra: 'addressing the cultivation of alternative modes of approaching organizations as benchmarks for information system research.'

– Gianluigi Viscusi, University of Milan Bicocca, Italy; Gian Marco Campagnolo, University of Edinburgh, UK; and Ylenia Curzi, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy
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Gianluigi Viscusi obtained a Master's degree (Laurea Vecchio Ordinamento) in Philosophy (2001) from the University of Milano and a Ph.D. degree (2007) in Information and Communication Technology applied to knowledge society and to learning processes from the University of Milan Bicocca. He is currently post-doc research fellow at the Department of Informatics, Systems and Communication (DISCo) of the University of Milan Bicocca: the research title is "Strategic planning and IT alignment of eGovernment systems and services." Research interests concern methodologies for information systems planning, eGovernment, IT business value, business modeling, and IS strategy alignment, design and management of repositories, data reverse engineering. In 2010, he co-authored with Carlo Batini and Massimo Mecella the book Information Systems for eGovernment: A Quality of Service Perspective, published by Springer. Furthermore, he has published more than 40 referred papers in books, conference proceedings, and journals, such as Data and Knowledge Engineering and Government Information Quarterly.
Gian Marco Campagnolo teaches and researches in the Social Study of Information Systems at the University of Edinburgh, where he is a Lecturer in Science, Technology, and Innovation Studies within the School of Social and Political Science and a member of the Institute for the Study of Science Technology and Innovation (ISSTI). He recently participated in a national IT project on interoperability and applications cooperation among Regions (www.progettoicar.it), covering issues of local IT development in rural areas. Previously, he has also been involved in an EU project where he participated as an action researcher in the development of enterprise modeling software solutions for industrial users (mapper.eu.org). In the last few years he also did extensive fieldwork on the diffusion of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems in public sector organizations in Italy. His current research interests concern the implications of the rise of large-scale information infrastructures as an object of study for social theory (namely ethnomethodology and micro-sociology); the diffusion of generic commercial software on engineering expertise, IT consultancy, and its transformations over time.
Ylenia Curzi PhD is Post-Doc Research Fellow at the “Marco Biagi” Foundation and at the Department of Business Administration, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy). Visiting scholar at Cardiff Business School (Wales, UK), in 2009. Her research interests encompass: critical stances to human resource management, organizational change and Information Communication Technologies, organizational perspectives on work-life balance, the methodology of the social sciences, and particularly the social research methodology by Max Weber. Her current projects concern an original approach to action research aiming at improving organizational effectiveness and people’s wellbeing in the workplace. She has contributed to international conferences, Italian and international journals, and collective books.
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Editorial Advisory Board
  • Chrisanthi Avgerou, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
  • Giorgio De Michelis, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy
  • Paolo De Paoli, Luiss Rome, Italy
  • Tommaso M. Fabbri, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy
  • Giolo Fele, University of Trento, Italy
  • Giovan Francesco Lanzara, University of Bologna, Italy
  • Kenneth Liberman, University of Oregon, USA
  • Neil Pollock, University of Edinburgh, UK