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Social information systems

Social information systems

Social Information Systems (SIS) are the basis of an emerging phenomena of significant interest to researchers in the discipline of Information System (IS). Historically, IS began at a time when business systems were being developed and implemented on mainframe computers to support organisational processes. While the social aspects of these business information systems have always been recognised, there is reason to believe that there are now information systems that are essentially social and fundamentally different from those of business. If this is the case, there are implications for the IS discipline as a whole for the research direction of IS scholars.

In this e-book we explore the following questions: (a) what are ‘social information systems’, (b) how do they fit within the IS discipline and (c) why is the phenomenon of SIS an important topic for discussion among IS scholars.

In order to investigate these questions, and the underlying issues they represent, a workshop on SIS was held at the European Conference on Information Systems in 2014 . The intention was that the workshop would guide the development of papers for the e-book. Two conceptual papers presented at the workshop (Schlagwein et al 2014; Hasan 2014) provided direct input into discussion among the participants that is reflected in the understanding of SIS presented in this e-book.


A process model for bricolage-based resource co-management for a resource-constrained government IT project: lessons learned from Taiwan’s DOC project,Are online communities on par with experts in the evaluation of new movies? Evidence from the Fandango community,Crowdsourcing for a better world: on the relation between IT affordances and donor motivations in charitable crowdfunding,Ecologies of interests in social information systems for social benefit,Editorial for the Special Issue on Social Information Systems,Enhancing perceived enjoyment in social games through social and gaming factors,Examining information systems infusion from a user commitment perspective,Professional identity construction among software engineering students: a study in India,Social networking in an academic conference context: insights from a case study,The dual impact of online communication on older adults’ social connectivity,Towards a better understanding of system analysts’ tacit knowledge: a mixed method approach

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