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Crafting theory to satisfy the requirements of systems science

Demetis, Dionysios S.; Lee, Allen S.

Abstract

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
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.infoandorg.2016.09.002
Keywords Systems theory
Publisher URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1471772716300392
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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