A Theoretic Basis for IS? The Contribution of ANT

Jim Underwood

Abstract


Representation is a key issue of IS design and operation that is often ignored. Actor-network theory (ANT), a semiotic theory of stakeholders, provides a way of dealing with representation. Combining aspects of ANT and Foucault's discourse theory allows us to include concepts as actors and promises a flexible and durable foundation for IS practice, but ANT itself indicates that the search for a purely theoretical foundation for IS is misguided.

Keywords


foundations of information systems; FOIS; actor-network theory; ANT; representation; semiotics; Foucault

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3127/ajis.v10i1.449

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