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The information systems professional as a hermit: of plural rationalities, information rejection and complexity

Mitleton-Kelly, Eve (2004) The information systems professional as a hermit: of plural rationalities, information rejection and complexity. Innovation: the European Journal of Social Science Research, 17 (4). pp. 289-323. ISSN 1351-1610

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Abstract

In this article, the contributions that Michael Thompson has made to the development of cultural theory are laid out. This is done by highlighting the ways in which Thompson has built upon the grid-group analysis of Mary Douglas. Thereafter, it is shown how cultural theory is compatible with, and can be strengthened by, the complexity theories that have been formulated within the natural sciences. The resulting theoretical framework is then applied to explain the persistent cultural gap between the business planning and the information systems (IS) departments within companies. It will be argued and demonstrated that the IS professional can usefully be understood as following the views and practices characteristic of the hermit, as defined in cultural theory.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/carfax/13511610.ht...
Additional Information: © 2004 Taylor & Francis
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Sets: Departments > Social Psychology
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2010 15:06
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/29917/

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