Interesting Theories

There’s been a lot of recent discussion about Information Systems as an interdisciplinary field. I’d like to picked up on that topic by surveying what people think some of the most interesting theories are.

After reading “That’s Interesting!” by Murray S. Davis, I keep wondering if his thesis explains what makes popular IS theories interesting. This is a daunting task as the fact that IS is a diverse field suggests that the audience is diverse. If you haven’t read it (and you should!), the central thesis in Davis’s analysis is that interestingness is assessed with respect to the target audience’s taken-for granted assumptions. Organizational research and information systems both attract wide-ranging audiences, so one additional challenge may be to make a theory appeal to multiple audiences.

Here’s a simple question for discussion: in your opinion, what are some interesting theories you’ve encountered so far in organizational communications or information systems literature and why?

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One Response

  1. On ISWORLD portal there is a section on theories used in IS discipline. Hope you may find it useful. Here is the link.

    http://www.istheory.yorku.ca/Socialcapitaltheory.htm

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