Grounding Business Interaction Models: Socio-Instrumental Pragmatism as a Theoretical Foundation

Grounding Business Interaction Models: Socio-Instrumental Pragmatism as a Theoretical Foundation

Göran Goldkuhl (Linköping University, Sweden, & Jönköping International Business School, Sweden) and Mikael Lind (University College of Borås, Sweden, & Linköping University, Sweden)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-87828-991-9.ch136
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Abstract

In the information systems field there exist several theories for guiding the evaluation and design of information systems. These theories need to be transparent and harmonious. In this chapter, business action theory (BAT) as a domain ontology for business interaction and business processes is clarified by elaborating on socio-instrumental pragmatism (SIP) as a base ontology. SIP is an eclectic theory synthesizing several pragmatic theories from reference disciplines outside the IS area. One purpose of SIP is to enable seamless theorizing in the IS area. In this chapter we put forward the foundations of BAT and SIP which are then followed by grounding BAT in SIP. This grounding means that there will be an ontological clarification of BAT by specifying the social action and interaction character of business interaction.

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