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An observer-relative systems approach to information (2019)
Conference Proceeding
Demetis, D., & Lee, A. (2019). An observer-relative systems approach to information. In Proceedings of the 52nd Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, 6300-6309

By returning to the foundational principles of second-order cybernetics and resting on the central role of the observer, this essay explores how the distinction between data/information can be conceptualized. Using systems theory, we derive a series... Read More

When humans using the IT artifact becomes IT using the human artifact (2018)
Journal Article
Demetis, D., & Lee, A. (2018). When humans using the IT artifact becomes IT using the human artifact. Journal of the Association for Information Systems, 19(10), 929-952. https://doi.org/10.17705/1jais.00514

Following Demetis & Lee (2016) who showed how systems theorizing can be conducted on the basis of a few systems principles, in this conceptual paper, we apply these principles to theorize about the systemic character of technology and investigate the... Read More

Economic simulation of cryptocurrencies (2018)
Journal Article
Mainelli, M. R., Leitch, M., & Demetis, D. (2018). Economic simulation of cryptocurrencies. Capco Journal, 47, 89-101

Cryptocurrencies have the potential to become effective currencies that give a higher level of macroeconomic control, thanks to the information that is available about holdings and transactions, and the potential for automated control mechanisms. How... Read More

The systemic role of technology in financial instability (2017)
Book Chapter
Demetis, D. (2017). The systemic role of technology in financial instability. In The financial crisis and white collar crime: legislative and policy responsesTaylor & Francis (Routledge)

This chapter examines the role of Information Systems (IS) in creating financial instability by automating critical decision-making processes. By following a systems theoretical approach after Lee and Demetis (2016) and based on a few fundamental sys... Read More

Fighting money laundering with technology: a case study of Bank X in the UK (2017)
Journal Article
Demetis, D. S. (2018). Fighting money laundering with technology: a case study of Bank X in the UK. Decision Support Systems, 105, 96-107. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dss.2017.11.005

This paper presents a longitudinal interpretive case study of a UK bank’s efforts to combat Money Laundering (ML) by expanding the scope of its profiling of ML behaviour. The concept of structural coupling, taken from systems theory, is used to refle... Read More

Taking the first step with systems theorizing in information systems : a response (2017)
Journal Article
Demetis, D. S., & Lee, A. S. (2017). Taking the first step with systems theorizing in information systems : a response. Information and Organization, 27(3), 163-170. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.infoandorg.2017.06.003

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 o... Read More

Crafting theory to satisfy the requirements of systems science (2016)
Journal Article
Demetis, D. S., & Lee, A. S. (2016). Crafting theory to satisfy the requirements of systems science. Information and Organization, 26(4), 116-126. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.infoandorg.2016.09.002

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 requireme... Read More

Crafting theory to satisfy the requirements of systems science (2016)
Journal Article
Lee, A. S., & Demetis, D. S. (2016). Crafting theory to satisfy the requirements of systems science. Proceedings of the ... Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, 49, 5075-5084. https://doi.org/10.1109/hicss.2016.628

This is a copy of a paper presented at 2016 49th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences and published in Hawaii international conference on system sciences, 2016, v.49.

Technology as an observing system : a 2nd order cybernetics approach (2014)
Conference Proceeding
Demetis, D. (2014). Technology as an observing system : a 2nd order cybernetics approach

The role of technology in modern society is becoming fundamental to society itself as the boundary between technological utilization and technological interference narrows. Technology penetrates the core of an ever-increasing number of application do... Read More

When humans using the IT artifact becomes IT using the human artifact
Book Chapter
Demetis, D., & Lee, A. When humans using the IT artifact becomes IT using the human artifact

Abstract Following Lee & Demetis [20] who showed how systems theorizing can be conducted on the basis of a few systems principles, in this paper, we apply these principles to theorize about the systemic character of technology and investigate the rol... Read More