Information services are economic and organizational activities for informing people. Because informing is changing rapidly under the influence of internet-technologies, this book presents in Chapter 1 fundamental notions of information and knowledge, based on philosopher C.W. Churchman’s inquiring systems. This results in the identification of three product-oriented design theory aspects: content, use value and revenue. Chapter 2 describes how one can cope with these aspects by presenting process-oriented design theory. Both design theory insights are applied in chapters on information services challenges, their business concepts and processes, their architectures and exploitation. The final chapter discusses three case studies that integrate the insights from previous chapters, and it discusses some ideas for future research.
This book gives students a coherent start to the topic of information services from a design science perspective, with a balance between technical and managerial aspects. Therefore, this book is useful for modern curricula of management, communication science and information systems. Because of its design science approach, it also explains design science principles. The book also serves professionals and academics in search of a foundational understanding of informing as a science and management practice.
"This book will not be an easy read. Nevertheless, it will be a rewarding one. It is not possible to instruct someone step-by-step how design science works, but it is possible to show them very detailed examples of different types of systems, and let them use these to help learn how to design for themselves. This Fons Wijnhoven has done." – from the Foreword by John Edwards, Aston University, UK
Introduction: Information Services Design and Exploitation 1. Information, Information Service Foundations, and Design Research 2. Design Science Foundation and Information Service Problem Analysis 3. Creating Business Models and Plans for Information Services 4. Creating Effective Process Models for Information Services 5. Designing the Information Service Infrastructure 6. Information Service Exploitation 7. The Singerian Perspective: Integrative Problem Solving Cases 8. References
There is a material gap in researching organization and systems together. Research from individual discipline base of organisation or systems is firmly established with many successful series in IS by researcher in business schools for example or organisation by researchers in social science schools. Each deals with the other’s filed tangentially. This series on organisation and systems disseminates interdisciplinary research, with a clear focus on design. Books within the series draw out pragmatic principles and frameworks from research for the practical work of IS and organization design.