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Complexity and Information Systems: The Emergent Domain

Merali, Yasmin

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Abstract

This paper is concerned with the emergence of the information systems (IS) domain as a
central feature of the management research landscape in the networked world. It shows
that emergence of the network economy and network society necessitates a paradigm
shift in the IS discipline, and that complexity science offers the apposite concepts and
tools for effecting such a shift. To avoid confusion of fundamental complexity science
concepts with the more colloquial uses of complexity terminology, the paper provides an
introduction to concepts from complexity science for those in the IS field who are
unacquainted with complexity theory. It then proceeds to explore the utility of these
concepts for developing IS theory and practice for the emergent networked world.
Journal of Information Technology (2006) 21, 216–228. doi:10.1057/palgrave.jit.2000081
Keywords: complexity; information systems; emergence; networks; paradigm shift

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2006
Journal Journal of Information Technology
Print ISSN 0268-3962
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 21
Issue 4
Pages 216-228
APA6 Citation Merali, Y. (2006). Complexity and Information Systems: The Emergent Domain. Journal of Information Technology, 21(4), 216-228. https://doi.org/10.1057/palgrave.jit.2000081
DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/palgrave.jit.2000081
Keywords complexity; information systems; emergence; networks; paradigm shift
Publisher URL https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1057/palgrave.jit.2000081
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