European Journal of Information Systems

, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 235–240

Disciplining Information Systems: Truth and its Regimes


DOI: 10.1057/palgrave.ejis.3000465

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Introna, L. Eur J Inf Syst (2003) 12: 235. doi:10.1057/palgrave.ejis.3000465


This paper provides a critical discussion of the ongoing concern of Information Systems (IS) academics on the status of IS as an academic discipline. The focal claim of the argument is that the status of IS as an ‘academic discipline’ is not an ontological or an epistemological question but rather a political one. In defending this claim the paper will draw on the work of Foucault, in particular his discussion on the relation between power and knowledge. The paper will conclude that the advice given by Paul (2002) and others may be appropriate but for very different reasons. It will claim that it is equally important, if not more so, to know the reasons why claims to legitimacy may succeed or not, for such claims to be effective as a political programme.

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© Operational Research Society 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for the Study of Technology and Organisation, Lancaster University Management SchoolLancasterUK