This article presents an economic basis for declaring Information Systems and Information Technology to be both cognitively and socio-politically legitimate and to show that learning [Benbasat and Zmud, 2003] has been achieved The large scale complexity and diversity of today's information systems are discussed within the context of a software engineering (SE) model and the higher-level view of the product that SE provides. The history and scope of investments in computing, and the practices of software engineering demonstrate that we are not a New Collective suffering from an identity crisis. We are a heterogeneous group looking at a wide diversity of Information Systems, some of which challenge the way we think about organizational boundaries and show that artifacts are not adequate to define IT.
Dufner, D. (2003). The IS Core-I: Economic and Systems Engineering Approaches to IS Identity. Communications of the Association for Information Systems, 12, pp-pp. https://doi.org/10.17705/1CAIS.01231