© 2006

In Search of an Integrative Vision for Technology

Interdisciplinary Studies in Information Systems

  • Sytse Strijbos
  • Andrew Basden

Part of the Contemporary Systems Thinking book series (CST)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Introduction: In Search of an Integrative Vision for Technology

    1. Sytse Strijbos, Andrew Basden
      Pages 1-16
  3. Artifacts and their Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Andrew Basden
      Pages 19-38
    3. Mike Winfield, Andrew Basden
      Pages 63-78
    4. Anita Mirijamdotter, Birgitta Bergvall-Kåreborn
      Pages 79-102
  4. Socio-Technical Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Sytse Strijbos
      Pages 105-118
    3. Jan van der Stoep
      Pages 119-131
  5. Human Practices

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 147-147
    2. Albert E. Vlug, Johan van der Lei
      Pages 149-164
  6. Directional Perspectives

  7. Critical Reflections

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 257-257

About this book


"This book provides a fascinating reading experience for anyone interested in an inquiring relationship between technical progress and the quality of the human condition. It manages to keep a healthier balance between these two complex topics than is found in most publications of the genre, too often they consist either of much technology and little philosophy or the converse.... The book also manages to build accessible bridges over the gulf that tends to separate the philosophical language from the 'real' concerns of technologists."

Dr. h.c. Heinz K. Klein is Associate Professor Emeritus at SUNY Binghamton, USA and Leverhulme Chaired Professor, Salford University, UK

"The last few years I have become increasingly concerned about the way interdisciplinarity is being used to create more specialized subdisciplines rather than broadening our perspectives. And the ways that interdisciplinarity often marginalizes if it does not leave out completely the humanities. I think this is a major mistake, and one this book clearly aims to address."

Carl Mitcham is Professor of Liberal Arts and International Studies at the Colorado School of Mines and faculty affiliate of the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research at the University of Colorado, USA

"This book provides a well-structured and thought-provoking collection of papers about how systems thinking can be employed to provide an integrated perspective on the development and use of technology."

Dr. Mike C. Jackson is Professor of Management Systems and Dean of Hull University Business School

The Editors

Sytse Strijbos lectures philosophy of technology at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam and North West University (Potchefstroom Campus).

Andrew Basden is Professor of Human Factors and Philosophy in Information Systems at the University of Salford, U.K.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Sytse Strijbos
    • 1
  • Andrew Basden
    • 2
  1. 1.Vrije Universiteit AmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.University of SalfordUK

Bibliographic information


From the reviews:

"The philosophy of technology can be an important resource for technology educators. … Some commentators have argued that technology is nothing else than the ‘glue’ that binds various disciplines together. … This book offers a more balanced view: there is both technology with a body of knowledge of its own, and there is a systems studies approach that integrates technology with other disciplines. … technology educators … would do well to read the book and reflect on its implications for their teaching." (Marc J. de Vries, International Journal of Technology and Design Education, Vol. 17 (1), 2007)