A Theoretic Basis for IS? The Contribution of ANT
Keywords: foundations of information systems, FOIS, actor-network theory, ANT, representation, semiotics, Foucault
AbstractRepresentation 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.
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Underwood, J. (1). A Theoretic Basis for IS? The Contribution of ANT. Australasian Journal of Information Systems, 10(1). https://doi.org/10.3127/ajis.v10i1.449
Selected Papers from the Information Systems Foundations Conference (ISF)
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