Human Orientation in Scandinavian IS Research as It Appears in SJIS

Abstract: A special ‘flavor’ in Scandinavian IS research is an orientation towards organizational and people issues. We take this as a starting point in our study of human-oriented influences in Scandinavian IS research. For this purpose, we review and classify articles published in Scandinavian Journal of Information Systems (SJIS) during 1989-2003. The classification is based on a proposal that IS phenomena comprehend complex semiotic and systemic interactions between IT, organization and institution, and human beings. Each pair of these ‘elements’ is addressed from the viewpoint of systemic and semiotic interaction, and construction. As a result, we find that human-oriented influences are strongest in research on systems construction. In interaction research, the weight is more on organization-oriented issues. Overall, we find that Scandinavian IS research, as represented in SJIS, is overwhelmingly based on the conviction that it is important to understand people in regard to the activities they perform. However, a holistic, multifaceted view of the human being is missing, which leads to a scattered treatment of human issues and viewpoints.

Reference: Koskinen, M., Liimatainen, K. & Pekkola, S. (2005). Human Orientation in Scandinavian IS Research as It Appears in SJIS. In E. Hustad, B.E. Munkvold, K. Rolland & L.S. Flak (toim.) Proceedings of the 28th Information Systems Research Seminar in Scandinavia (IRIS’28). Adger University College, Norja.

Available online: 2005-IRIS28.pdf