Social Study of Information Systems

The Social Studies of Information Systems ( SSIS )

SSIS studies in the field of social sciences, including philosophy , sociology , social psychology , organizational theory , political science .

Key universities

Key Universities Involved in SSIS are: the London School of Economics (LSE), Lancaster University , University of Manchester University of Warwick , the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of Salford , Case Western Reserve University , the University of Cambridge , Edinburgh University , Harvard University , and Peking University .

Key people

High profile people in the field are Claudio Ciborra , Jannis Kallinikos , Chrisanthi Avgerou , Susan Scott, Tony Cornford, Edgar Whitley and Shirin Madon (LSE), Wanda Orlikowski (MIT), Shoshana Zuboff (Harvard), Mike Chaisson, Niall Hayes Lucas Introna & Lucy Suchman (Lancaster), Debra Howcroft & Chris Westrup (Manchester), Joe Nandhakumar (Warwick), Wendy Currie (Greenwich), Geoff Walsham, Mathew Jones & Michael Barrett (Cambridge), Richard Boland (Case Western), Kalle Lyytinen (Case Western), Rob Kling (Indiana University),Robert Davidson (City University of Hong Kong), and Qiu Zeqi (PKU).

Key publications

  • Quast, M., Handel, MJ, Favre, J.-M., Estublier, J. (2013) Social Information Systems: Enterprise Information Systems, Springer.
  • Walsham, G. (1993) Interpreting information systems in organizations, John Wiley, Chichester.
  • Zuboff, S. (1988) In the age of the smart machine: The future of work and power, Heinemann Professional, Oxford.

See also

  • Formative context


  • WJ Orlikowski, JJ Baroudi (1991) ‘Studying Information Technology in Organizations: Research Approaches and Assumptions’, Information Systems Research, 1991
  • Avgerou C, (2000) ‘Information systems: what sort of science is it?’ Omega, Vol. 28, pp. 567-579

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