In this paper, I propose a conceptual foundation for information systems based on three propositions:
P1: Information systems improve an entity’s ability to attain its goals
P2: Information systems improve the ability of entities to cooperate on shared goals
P3: Information systems transform entities in intended and unintended ways.
I apply an evolutionary-historical analysis, a variation of historical analysis, to the emergence of humans’ major information processing capabilities to trace the development of information systems to establish the propositions. I identify some research questions directly arising from the three propositions and advance a case that these propositions are potentially a sufficient conceptual foundation for IS research.
Watson, Richard T.
"A Personal Perspective on a Conceptual Foundation for Information Systems,"
Journal of the Association for Information Systems, 15(8), .
Available at: https://aisel.aisnet.org/jais/vol15/iss8/1
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