A yearly workshop
11-12. October 2021
The 7th International Workshop on Socio-Technical Perspective in IS development (STPIS’21) took place in connection with the Italian Chapter of the Association for Information Systems (itAIS), in Trento in Italy. STPIS’21 was held virtually and you can find session papers and presentations here.
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.