Designing Artifacts for Systems of Information

  • Richard Baskerville
  • Robert Davison
  • Mala Kaul
  • Louie Wong
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 446)


This paper reports an exploratory study of information systems (IS) design professionals that offers insight into the evolution of the systems concept in systems design practice. The analysis distinguishes the current object of this design effort as systems of information (SI). SI differs from IS in that SI seeks to maintain the necessary degree of integrated systematicity while retaining or acquiring the necessary technology. IS, in the past, had an implied capacity to build a complete system from the ground up. SI has an implied constraint that certain technological components must be “taken as given” and the design problem becomes one of maintaining an ideal socio-technical system as the various technologies evolve within and around the system.


information systems information technology design 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard Baskerville
    • 1
  • Robert Davison
    • 2
  • Mala Kaul
    • 3
  • Louie Wong
    • 2
  1. 1.Georgia State UniversityAtlantaUSA
  2. 2.City University of Hong KongKowloonHong Kong
  3. 3.University of NevadaRenoUSA

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