There has been a trend in recent years towards an increasing acceptance of reuse as an approach to information systems development. This trend however has not been accompanied by an understanding of the underlying implications of this approach for the development process. We attempt to briefly highlight these affects by an initial categorization of the reuse approach according to two alternative taxonomies for reuse techniques followed by three philosophical frameworks from the literature. The affects on the functional property of reusability is then discussed leading to some initial conclusions regarding the application of reuse in information systems development.