Social Study of Information Systems

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The Social Study of Information Systems (SSIS) is interested in people developing and using technology and the "culture" of those people.

SSIS studies these phenomena by drawing on and using "lenses" provided by social sciences, including philosophy, sociology, social psychology, organisational theory, political science.

Key universities[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

  • Quast, M., Handel, M. J., Favre, J.-M., Estublier, J. (2013) Social Information Systems : Agility Without Chaos, 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[edit]


  • 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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