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Developing the information and knowledge agenda in information systems: insights from philosophy

Willcocks, Leslie P. ORCID: 0000-0003-2572-9554 and Whitley, Edgar A. ORCID: 0000-0003-1779-0814 (2009) Developing the information and knowledge agenda in information systems: insights from philosophy. Information Society, 25 (3). pp. 190-197. ISSN 0197-2243

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Identification Number: 10.1080/01972240902848880


Information systems (IS) ironically has no real, long-standing, philosophical depth or roots in a philosophy of information or of technology, but philosophy itself has largely marginalized these subjects. Therefore this article provides a mutual updating, and argues for an integration of concepts, especially of information with that of knowledge, not least to make information and knowledge developments and applications researchable and discussable on a consistent basis. The article points to the too-unquestioned role of data and information in a digitizing, globalizing age, and illustrates the need for a philosophy and ethic of information, able then to inform engineering ethics and design. In particular, the article argues that with technological developments and their penetration into work systems such as they are, knowledge has become a key, under-researched and under-philosophized concept for the IS field, and that this needs to be rebalanced. Here we suggest an integrative framework, and then argue for the key, at the moment largely misunderstood, role Polanyi's work can have in reconceptualizing and studying knowledge in the IS field.

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Additional Information: © 2009 Routledge
Divisions: Management
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
Date Deposited: 26 May 2009 13:14
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 01:46

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