SICSA Distinguished Visiting Fellow Talk – Prof Richard L. Baskerville: Information Systems as a Nexus of IT Systems

Date(s) - 09/06/2022
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

We are pleased to announce that SICSA has funded Prof Richard Baskerville to visit as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow. We will be hosting him at Strathclyde (6-10 June) and he will visit Abertay University on the 9th June.

Richard L. Baskerville is Regents’ Professor and Board of Advisors Professor of Information Systems at Georgia State University. His research regards security of information systems, methods of information systems design and development, and the interaction of information systems and organizations. Baskerville is editor emeritus of the European Journal of Information Systems. He is a Chartered Engineer, and holds a BS summa cum laude University of Maryland, MSc and PhD London School of Economics. His honors include the AIS LEO and the PhD (hc) University of Pretoria, and DSc (hc) Roskilde University.

We would be very pleased to have you join us for his two talks, either in person or via Zoom/Teams.

  • Abertay University, Room 2522, Kydd Building, Dundee, DD1 1HG, (tea/coffee on campus from 12:30)
Information Systems as a Nexus of IT Systems

The concepts of information systems and information technology are overlapping in a way that creates issues for researchers. Usefully distinguishing between the concepts is problematic. The author reports on an investigation of the use of the systems concept in practice. This research finds a pragmatic distinction between an information system (IS) and an information technology system (IT system). In a practice view, an IS incorporates an emphasis on both a technical and a social subsystem, while an IT system predominantly emphasizes the technical elements.

This distinction becomes useful in practice because contemporary IS practitioners are often involved in acquiring and integrating IT systems into an organizational IS. This involvement leads to a viewpoint on the organizational IS (including the social subsystem) as a nexus of multiple IT systems. This nexus creates issues in practice for not only integrating IT systems into the organizational IS, but also integrating multiple IT systems with each other in the context of the organizational IS. These issues lead to research opportunities such as the need for new methodologies for IT system acquisitions and new theories that accommodate the social integration of IT systems and IS.

Or attend online: webinar.

Queries to Karen Renaud or Jacques Ophoff.

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