The notions of immigration and social integration have increasingly become central themes in public discourse, particularly in the European Union. Besides opportunities, this phenomenon also poses challenges to the host nations of promoting social integration of immigrants. Continuing an earlier Design Science Research project that developed an open learning platform for Civic Orientation in Sweden, this paper attempts to extend this platform using Jürgen Habermas' Theory of Communicative Action as an inspiration. We aim at designing a more inclusive open learning platform for social integration that supports instrumental, strategic, normatively-regulated, dramaturgical, and communicative action. We expect to further the relevance of philosophy in IS research by not only making sense of phenomena through philosophical lens, but also attaining inspirations from philosophy in designing sociotechnical information systems.
Haj-Bolouri, Amir; Kruse Chandra, Leona; Iivari, Juhani; and Flensburg, Per, "How Habermas' philosophy can inspire the design of information systems: the case of designing an open learning platform for social integration" (2016). Selected Papers of the IRIS, Issue Nr 7 (2016). 2.