The Use of History in IS Research: An Opportunity Missed?

  • Frank Land


History is more or less bunk. It’s tradition. We don’t want tradition. We want to live in the present, and the only history that is worth a tinker’s damn is the history that we make today. Henry Ford’s edict on history has, in a sense, become a cliché derided by some as the ignorant spoutings of a self-opinionated, but highly successful entrepreneur, and praised by others for its forthright condemnation of the way historians described the past. It is perhaps ironic that Henry Ford has himself become a historical icon, and that ‘Fordism’ attached as a label to the kind of industrial organisation he put into place and espoused.


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  • Frank Land
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  1. 1.London School of EconomicsLondonUK

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