What keeps us together and makes us effective? A collective action approach to the study of information systems

Vilalta-perdomo, Eliseo Luis (2010) What keeps us together and makes us effective? A collective action approach to the study of information systems. VDM Verlag Dr. Müller, Saarbrucken. ISBN 9783639239997

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Advising people on how to act is an age-old business. For a long time what was on offer was restricted to joining divinely inspired or powerful collectives. In the last couple of centuries the emphasis has shifted towards being informed about the environment in which actions take place, irrespective of whether these are good or bad. Further shifts in how action is informed now emphasise the use of interfaces to manage such systems. This work is part of the process of clarification. Its aim is to find the point where a suitable referent or validation criterion would be available. In the report it is argued, theoretically and empirically, that this point is characterised by the notion of an internally structured and stable collective performing a collective task. This notion distinguishes members’ activities inside a collective that inform each other as well as contribute to the maintenance of the collective, from collective actions. Knowledge resulting from the use of this notion refers to what makes the collective survive in some environment, and includes knowledge that helps distinguish between (good) actions that contribute to the collective performing its task, and bad ones.

Item Type:Book or Monograph
Keywords:Information systems, collective action, research methods
Subjects:G Mathematical and Computer Sciences > G500 Information Systems
G Mathematical and Computer Sciences > G200 Operational Research
N Business and Administrative studies > N200 Management studies
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:4699
Deposited By: Eliseo Luis Vilalta-perdomo
Deposited On:04 Oct 2011 21:43
Last Modified:06 Dec 2013 09:16

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