The field of Information Systems has been evolving since the first application of computers in organizations in the early 1950s. Focusing on information systems analysis and design up to and including the 1980s, the field has expanded enormously, with our assumptions about information and knowledge being challenged, along with both intended and unintended consequences of information technology.

This prestige reference work offers students and researchers a critical reflection on major topics and current scholarship in the evolving field of Information Systems. This single-volume survey of the field is organized into four parts. The first section deals with Disciplinary and Methodological Foundations. The second section deals with Development, Adoption and Use of MIS – topics that formed the centrepiece of the field of IS in the last century. The third section deals with Managing Organizational IS, Knowledge and Innovation, while the final section considers emerging and continuing issues and controversies in the field – IS in Society and a Global Context. Each chapter provides a balanced overview of current knowledge, identifying issues and discussing relevant debates.

This prestigious book is required reading for any student or researcher in Management Information Systems, academics and students covering the breadth of the field, and established researchers seeking a single-volume repository on the current state of knowledge, current debates and relevant literature.

part 1|120 pages

Disciplinary and methodological foundations

chapter 1|25 pages

Taking is history seriously

chapter 2|17 pages

Philosophy and method

Making interpretive research interpretive

chapter 3|10 pages

Information systems as a reference discipline

Current debate and future directions

chapter 4|16 pages

On theory

chapter 6|11 pages

Coming of age

Interpretive research in information systems

chapter 7|14 pages


chapter 8|13 pages

Ethnography in information systems research

Quo vadis?

part 2|125 pages

Development, adoption and use of MIS

chapter 11|14 pages

IT use

Notes from a journey from use to effective use

chapter 12|17 pages

Affect in the ICT context

chapter 14|16 pages

Information systems strategising

The role of ambidextrous capabilities in shaping power relations

chapter 15|14 pages

Digitalization as a strategy practice

What is there to learn from strategy as practice research?

part 3|140 pages

Managing organisational IS, knowledge and innovation

chapter 19|17 pages

Digital capability

Scaffolding for rewiring a company for digital

chapter 20|21 pages

Sourcing information technology services

Past research and future research directions

chapter 21|13 pages

Innovation in healthcare settings

The power of everyday practices

chapter 24|17 pages

Knowledge collaboration in organizations

From information processing to social knowing

part 4|117 pages

IS in society and a global context

chapter 25|12 pages

Organizational intelligence in the digital age

Analytics and the cycle of choice

chapter 26|13 pages

Datification in action

Diffusion and consequences of algorithmic decision-making 1

chapter 27|28 pages

Digital divides

Past, present, and future

chapter 29|15 pages

Beyond mobile IT

Ubiquitous digitality and work 1

chapter 31|14 pages

Staying alive

The IS field at the half century mark