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Blending complexity and activity frameworks for a broader and deeper understanding of IS

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Abstract


  • A new age of significance and opportunity for Information Systems (IS) is upon us driven by current developments in the use of digital artifacts. In this paper we endeavor to make sense of contemporary IS, as well as possible future directions of IS, by bringing together the notions of complexity and activity within two theoretical frameworks, namely the Cynefin framework and contemporary uses of Activity Theory. We describe activity as a holistic unit of analysis within the Complicated and Complex Domains of the Cynefin framework. This will enable us to make sense of tool-mediated IS activities in those Domains. Our proposed research philosophy blends these frameworks to support new thinking about IS that impacts on our choices of research methods, the way we apply them and the way we modify them as the world we study evolves into an uncertain future context.

UOW Authors


  •   Hasan, Helen
  •   Kazlauskas, Alanah (external author)
  •   Crawford, Kate P. (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


  • Hasan, H. M., Kazluaskas, A. & Crawford, K. P. (2010). Blending complexity and activity frameworks for a broader and deeper understanding of IS. International Conference on Information Systems (pp. 1-20). St Louis: AIS eLibrary.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84870964866

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2481&context=commpapers

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/commpapers/1432

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  • 1

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  • 20

Place Of Publication


  • St Louis

Abstract


  • A new age of significance and opportunity for Information Systems (IS) is upon us driven by current developments in the use of digital artifacts. In this paper we endeavor to make sense of contemporary IS, as well as possible future directions of IS, by bringing together the notions of complexity and activity within two theoretical frameworks, namely the Cynefin framework and contemporary uses of Activity Theory. We describe activity as a holistic unit of analysis within the Complicated and Complex Domains of the Cynefin framework. This will enable us to make sense of tool-mediated IS activities in those Domains. Our proposed research philosophy blends these frameworks to support new thinking about IS that impacts on our choices of research methods, the way we apply them and the way we modify them as the world we study evolves into an uncertain future context.

UOW Authors


  •   Hasan, Helen
  •   Kazlauskas, Alanah (external author)
  •   Crawford, Kate P. (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


  • Hasan, H. M., Kazluaskas, A. & Crawford, K. P. (2010). Blending complexity and activity frameworks for a broader and deeper understanding of IS. International Conference on Information Systems (pp. 1-20). St Louis: AIS eLibrary.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84870964866

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2481&context=commpapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/commpapers/1432

Has Global Citation Frequency


Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 20

Place Of Publication


  • St Louis