The Discipline of Business Information Systems seminar organiser is Sebastian Boell.
5th Oct 2016 - 10:00 am
Venue: Room 5040, Abercrombie Building (H70)
Speaker: Steven Alter, University of San Francisco
Title: What Might Be the Content of a Body of Knowledge about Information Systems? A Perspective Based on Work System Theory
Abstract: Upon returning to academia after eight years in startup software company I decided to write books and do research that might have been of genuine benefit to the company’s customers and staff. Insights from writing and using four editions of an IS textbook (1992, 1996, 1999, 2002) led to various versions of the work system method (WSM) for analyzing and designing IT-reliant systems in organizations. Ideas underlying WSM were formalized as work system theory (WST in Alter 20013, 2015). Extensions of WSM/WST in the last 15 years expanded into many topics and issues that were not on my personal radar screen when I started the effort.
This seminar will provide background about my past research (items 1 – 4 below) and then will focus on a new research topic (item 5) that I think is interesting and possibly controversial.
Biography: Steven Alter is Professor Emeritus at the University of San Francisco. He turned his MIT Sloan School Ph.D. thesis into one of the first books on DSS. The experience of serving as VP of a manufacturing software start-up and writing and using four editions of an IS textbook inspired a long-term effort to develop WSM to help business professional collaborate with IT professionals, consultants, and vendors. Many of his papers are available at his website along with summaries of basic ideas related to work systems and service systems.
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