Importance of socio-technical perspective in research and practice

A yearly workshop

Where: Trento, Italy / possibly online if needed

14-15. October 2021

This year, the 7th International Workshop on Socio-Technical Perspective in IS development (STPIS’21) will take place in connection with the Italian Chapter of the Association for Information Systems (itAIS), in Trento in Italy. Both on-campus and virtual alternatives for those who cannot travel are planned for the STPIS’21. If needed, STPIS’21 will be held virtually. If travel is not possible due to COVID restrictions, or you prefer not to travel, we will be flexible and allow virtual presentations.

A socio-technical perspective sees an organization as a combination of two components – a social and a technical one. The real pattern of behaviour in the organization is determined by how well these parts fit each other. While analysing system problems of getting things done, adequate consideration should be given to technology as well as informal and formal interactions of people.

Despite that a socio-technical perspective has been around for over a half century, it is often forgotten in the IS discourse today. Consequently, many “new approaches” appear to reflect on IS systems problems, such as modern IT systems poorly adjusted to the external or/and internal environment (e.g. market, organizational culture) of organizations in which they are (to be) deployed. We strongly believe that it is high time the social-technical perspective took its proper place in IS research, practice and teaching.

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