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Crafting theory to satisfy the requirements of systems science

Demetis, Dionysios S.; Lee, Allen S.


Just as Lee, Briggs & Dennis (2014) showed that a rigorous conception of “explanation” leads to requirements for a positivist theory to satisfy, and just as Lee & Hovorka (2015) showed that a rigorous conception of “interpretation” leads to requirements for an interpretive theory to satisfy, we show that a rigorous conception of “systems” leads to certain requirements for a systems theory to satisfy. We apply basics of systems science in general, as well as basics of Luhmann’s (Luhmann, 1995; Moeller, 2006) systems perspective in particular. We illustrate these basics with empirical material from a case about the role of information technology in anti-money laundering. The example demonstrates that research in information systems, which has been informed by positivism, interpretivism, and design, can be additionally and beneficially informed by systems science – which, ironically, has been largely absent in information “systems” research.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2016-12
Journal Information and organization
Print ISSN 1471-7727
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 26
Issue 4
Pages 116-126
Keywords Systems theory
Publisher URL
Additional Information This is the accepted manuscript of an article published in Information and organization, 2016. The version of record is available at the DOI link in this record.


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