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1st Edition

The Foundations of Information Systems
Research and Practice

ISBN 9780367870300
Published December 6, 2019 by Routledge
462 Pages

USD $48.95

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Book Description

Why does information technology disappoint or enslave us? Why do so many information systems projects collapse? How can we do better? There are many technical, social, economic and other aspects to consider. How do we ensure we take all these into account as we research ITC or employ them? ICT affects our lives and world more profoundly than ever before. How may we understand it? This book employs philosophy to lay foundations for understanding the complexity of ICT, in five areas:

  • The nature of information and computers, and artificial intelligence;

  • The use of ICT at work and home, for serious and less-serious use;

  • The ICT features that annoy or delight us;

  • Societal issues, such as surveillance, e-government, ICT in developing countries, climate change, what technological progress is and what is the role of ICT as a whole and of the information systems field;

  • ICT development - including computer programming, knowledge engineering and project management.

The ideas in this book emerge from five decades of experience of the author with ICT, across industry, the professions and academic life. Information systems researchers will enjoy this book because it offers them new ideas and fresh perspectives.

On the 500th anniversary of the European Reformation, this book introduces and applies the Reformational Philosophy of mid-20th-century Dutch thinker, Herman Dooyeweerd, to contemporary challenges of the 21st century. Excitingly, this accessible philosophy is grounded in everyday experience and yields a rich seedbed of ideas, which researchers and practitioners can develop to their advantage.

Table of Contents



1. Introduction

2. Philosophies

3. Dooyeweerd's Philosophy

4. Foundations, Research and Practice


5. The Nature of Information and Communication Technology

6. Understanding ICT Use

7. Understanding ICT Features

8. Understanding ICT and Society

9. Understanding ICT Development


10. Overview and Reflection

11. Contributions and Limitations

12. Opportunities and Recommendations

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Andrew Basden is Professor of Human Factors and Philosophy in Information Systems at University of Salford, Manchester, UK.