Enabling Collaborations in Information Systems Practice
11 Pages Posted: 5 Apr 2011
Date Written: October 1, 2008
Information-systems (IS) has become a 'broad church' that includes academics and practitioners in several areas of theory and application. It is not only important to facilitate understanding and communication among individuals, but to be able to engage into forms of collaboration with others. This paper will highlight some important issues arisen in the practice of formulating IS projects which reflect what is also happening elsewhere in the social sciences. The paper will focus on suggesting ways of enabling collaborations to develop between those involved in exploring new projects and ideas, with a view that these could be facilitated if we assume continuous and systemic attitude of engagement with ‘other’ people. This attitude would require us to go beyond what we consider relevant for IS as a discipline.
Keywords: Information systems, collaboration, relevance, boundary spanning, diffusion of knowledge, systems thinking
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