The fad that forgot people

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The fad that forgot people

Back to the Future: This paper argues for a return to fundamentals as we enter the new millennium. It argues that the field of Information Systems should no longer be distracted from its natural locus of concern and competence, or claim more than it can actually achieve.

More specifically, and as a case in point, we es More specifically, and as a case in point, we eschew IT-enabled Knowledge Management, both in theory and in practice. We view Knowledge Management as the most recent in a long line of fads and fashions embraced by the Information Systems community that have little to offer.

Rather, we argue for a refocusing of our attention back on the management of data, since IT processes data- not information and certainly not knowledge. In so doing, we develop a model that provides a tentative means of distinguishing between these terms.

This model also forms the basis for on-going empirical research designed to test the efficacy of our argument in a number of case companies currently implementing ERP and Knowledge Management Systems. Show Context Citation Context BPR was proffered as the means to achieve order-of-magnitude improvements in business performance Davenport, More recently, the solution to the provision of necessary information across functions, business units and geographically dispersed organizations has been identifi Information systems IS development approaches are considered with particular reference to information requirements analysis.

The majority can be classified as adopting a unitary, objective perspective. This fails to fully recognise the interpretative, inter-subjective nature of information and the This fails to fully recognise the interpretative, inter-subjective nature of information and the importance of informal as well as formal data processing systems.

This paper aims to contribute to the discussion on tools and methods for systems development by providing a contrasting perspective on information requirements analysis as a process which is socially mediated.

A framework is developed which places information requirements in the context strategic IS development. This features social communication networks centrally in this process and raises implications for practice in IS development.

The fad that forgot people

Background There has been considerable emphasis in the literature on information systems IS development on using structured approaches as a means of identifying information requirements for systems development.

An assumption underpinning such approaches is that formal, Information Technology-based data processing systems are the medium through which information requirements can be best met c.

Avison and Fitzgerald, [1]. This is so, despite the fact that authors in the IS field [2] and in the field of organization theory [3] have long emphasised the significance of the informal, political and interpretative aspects of information.

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The aim of this paper is to contribute to the discussion of automated tools in IS development by providing a contrasting perspective on information requirements analysis as being socially mediated and thereby requiring awareness of the socio-political aspects of the IS development process and associated techniques.

The paper argues that such a perspective might usefully complement the more formal, automated tools and Show Context Citation Context Overall, then, we argue that a more balanced, holistic approach to strategic IS is required: This paper presents an overview of research and literature on Knowledge Management KM and argues that to date KM research is limited by its focus primarily on hard information systems.It occurred to me this morning that Skateboarding has been around for quite some time now.

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It has been argued that knowledge management's pre-occupation with technology had led the field to forget people and the inherently social nature of all knowledge practices. This paper argues however that such social activity is, in many contexts, necessarily mediated through technology and that technology is a powerful and available instrument to enrol in knowledge management initiatives.

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