This paper applies autopoietic theory to examine the nature of ISñorganization relationships involving co- evolutionary processes among an organization and its IS, IS organization issues, and the impacts on an organizationís competitive advantage. By drawing on a longitudinal field study in an international investment banking organization, where the development of a core IS has been studied since 1999, this paper (1) presents the distinct characteristics of the autopoietic approach; (2) demonstrates its explanatory power for understanding the ISñorganization coevolutionary processes and IS organization, and (3) shows the implications of these autopoietic explanations for the firmís current and future competitive advantage.
Kay, Robert and Cecez-Kecmanovic, Dubravka, "Toward an Autopoietic Perspective on Information Systems Organization" (2002). ICIS 2002 Proceedings. 35.