The complexities of the organisational practice of information systems
put demands on research and knowledge as well as on practice. There are many
conceptual approaches aiming at describing and explaining these complex phenomena.
Where do we find the promising ones? Some approaches emphasise the action concept.
Without acknowledging actions, it seems difficult to create good scientific
descriptions and explanations. Although such approaches may have differing
theoretical perspectives, they have a unifying interest in the action concept
and its explanatory power. Examples of such approaches are activity theory,
actor network theory, structuration theory, conversation analysis, and language/action
There may be other approaches with theoretical influences of more or
less explicit action orientation, such as social phenomenology, symbolic interactionism,
ethnomethodology, soft systems theory, critical social theory, hermeneutics,
social semiotics, socio-pragmatism, situated cognition theory, practice theory
and affordance theory. Together with this interest in action comes an interest
in the many related issues, such as knowledge, language, communication, social
interaction, social institutions, coordination, artefacts, power, and values.
The purpose of this conference is to bring together researchers and practitioners
with an interest in action-theoretic approaches for understanding information
systems and their relations to organisations.
on the two successful ALOIS conferences in 2003 and 2004 we now arrange
the 3rd International ALOIS
Conference. The aim is to create a fruitful meeting between different research
traditions with action-theoretic affinities. We hope that researchers and
practitioners coming from different traditions will benefit from
this attempt of crossing
borders and elaborating syntheses.
about previous ALOIS conferences (including on-line proceedings)
can be found at http://www.vits.org/konferenser/alois2003/
have a look at last years’ proceedings! For the purpose of
cumulative growth, we encourage authors to try and relate their submissions
to one or more of previous years’ papers.