Trying to understand whether information systems is a discipline and what that discipline might be has taxed IS scholars for over 20 years. This article suggests a new approach, which views disciplines in terms of what is meaningful to those who work within them. Making use of the philosophical notion of 'spheres of meaning', and one well-thought-out suite of such spheres, the IS discipline may be placed among its neighbours, so as to maintain dialogue with them, and to understand what its role and destiny might be.
Basden, Andrew, "On Using Philosophy to Define and Dignify the IS Discipline" (2009). UK Academy for Information Systems Conference Proceedings 2009. Paper 10.