Sponsoring SIG: SIG Philosophy
- Alan Litchfield, Auckland University of Technology, firstname.lastname@example.org (primary contact)
- Emmanuel Monod, Shanghai University of International Business and Economics, Emmanuel.email@example.com
Description of Track:
In philosophy, there has long been a conversation about the impact and influence of technology on the lives of people. The relative effects are discussed in ethics, aesthetics, physics, and metaphysics and inform our conceptions of human/technology relationships. Much of that effort has been to make sense of appearances within the human and natural domain by providing categories and frames for reference. In this sense, Kuhn (1962) seeks to understand scientific change through a scientific community’s shared theoretical beliefs, values, instruments, techniques, and metaphysics, and how it is that the community seeks to solve problems. Thus, revolutionary change represents an increase in problem solving power. In the modern world, where change is deemed a constant, we are presented with extreme cases of change and these are termed “disruptive”, and we are left with the need to reframe opportunities and understand new realities that emerge. In Information Systems, the Internet, mobile technologies and social media may be considered as disruptive at least in markets, allowing for new technologically driven economic models, and in the theory of organization. Beyond affordance (Malhotra, Melville & Watson, 2013), digital disruption presents failures such as ERP (Berente and Yoo, 2012) or enterprise social networks (Ou and Davison, 2016). This suggests a switch from technological determinism to a logic of opposition (Boudreau and Robey, 1999) or to the theory of practice (Levina and Orlikowski, 2009). Reimer (2103) makes the claim that digital disruption causes fundamental changes to our perception and thus, “changes the basis on which we make sense of, give meaning to, and understand our business and work-life practices.”
In this track, authors are invited to explore the concept of digital disruption, its causes and effects, its history and projections, and its trends. The track provides a broad spectrum for debate that covers epistemological considerations, methods, and philosophical traditions.
- The topics that may be covered in the track include:
- The new world created by social media
- New affordances of social media and on line communities
- The ethical application of big data analytics
- The democratization of computing power, for example, though crytocurrencies
- New domains for IS such as digital humanities
- The ethical position of Artificial Intelligence
- The shift to hyper-competition
- The adoption of research methods and philosophical traditions to further the scope of IS research
Berente, N., & Yoo, Y. (2012). Institutional contradictions and loose coupling: Postimplementation of NASA’s enterprise information system. Information Systems Research, 23(2), 376-396.
Bourdieu, P. (1998). Practical Reason. Polity Press, Cambridge.
Husserl, E. (1954) The Crisis of European Sciences and Transcendental Phenomenology. Kluwer.
Levina, N. & Orlikowski, W.J. (2009). Understanding shifting power relations within and across organizations: a critical genre analysis. Academy of Management Journal 52(4) 672–703.
Malhotra, A., Melville, N. P., & Watson, R. T. (2013). Spurring impactful research on information systems for environmental sustainability. MIS Quarterly, 37(4), 1265-1274.
Ou and Davison (2016) Shaping Guanxi Networks at Work Through instant messaging Journal of the Association for information science and technology, 6 (5)
Robey, D. & Boudreau, M.C. (1999). Accounting for the contradictory organizational consequences of information technology: Theoretical directions and methodological implications. Information Systems Research, 10(2) 167-185.
Kuhn, T. (1962). The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Chicago: University of Chicago Press
Reimer, K. (2013) What is Digital Disruption? (Part 2). Retrieved from http://the-big-opportunity.blogspot.co.nz/2013/06/what-is-digital-disruption-part-2.html
Mini-tracks will be available in Oct. 2017