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Taking the first step with systems theorizing in information systems : a response

Demetis, Dionysios S.; Lee, Allen S.


Allen S. Lee

Allen Lee


We address the commentaries of Robey and Mikhaeil, of Mingers, and of Schultze which provided responses to our paper, “Crafting theory to satisfy the requirements of systems science.” We find their responses useful for reflecting on the development of the role of systems theorising within information systems research and provide our reaction in order to clarify several fundamental considerations pertaining to 1) our proposed set of requirements for systems theorizing, 2) the need for explicit systems theorizing, 3) the supposed overall neglect of systems science, 4) the communicability of systems theory and the path of grand theories, 5) emergence, the observer, and other considerations, and 6) systems theory from the perspective of sociomateriality.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2017-09
Journal Information and organization
Print ISSN 1471-7727
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 27
Issue 3
Pages 163-170
Keywords Management of Technology and Innovation; Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management; Management Information Systems; Library and Information Sciences; Information Systems
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Additional Information This is the accepted manuscript of an article published in Information and organization, 2017. The version of record is available at the DOI link in this record.


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