From thinking to tinkering: The grassroots of strategic information systems

What follows is a long overdue summary of Ciborra (1992). I think it will have a lot of insight for how universities implement e-learning. The abstract for Ciborra (1992) is When building a Strategic Information. System (SIS), it may not be economically sound for a firm to be an innovator through the strategic deployment of

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Is IT a service industry, or is it "eating the world"?

In an earlier post I wondered if how high school classes in Information Technology(IT)/Computer Science(CS) are being taught is turning students off and, if so, is this why enrolment numbers are dropping. In the comments on that post Tony suggests some other reasons for this decline. Including the observation that IT courses in local schools

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Some reasons why business intelligence tools aren't the right fit

The following started as an attempt to develop an argument that business intelligence/data warehouse tools are not a perfect fit for what is broadly called academic analytics. In fact, as I was writing this post I realised that it’s actually an argument that business intelligence tools aren’t a perfect fit for what I’m interested in

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The LMS/VLE as a one word language – metaphor and e-learning

I’m currently back from a holiday restarting work on my thesis and in particular on the process component of the Ps Framework. I’m currently working on the section that describes the two extremes, I’m using Introna’s (1996) distinction between teleological design and ateleological design. The following arises out of re-reading Introna (1996) and picking up

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Barriers to innovation in organisations: teleological processes, organisational structures and stepwise refinement

This video speaks to me on so many levels. It summarises many of the problems I have faced and encountered trying to implement innovative approaches to e-learning at universities over the last 15 plus year. I’m sure I am not alone. Today, I’ve spent a lot of time not directly related to what I wanted

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Is all diversity good/bad – a taxonomy of diversity in the IS discipline

In a previous post I pointed to and summarised a working paper that suggests that IS research is not all that diverse. At least at the conceptual level. The Information Systems (IS) discipline has for a number of years been having an on-going debate about whether or not the discipline is diverse or not. A

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