Theory of Systems and Information Systems Research Frameworks


  • Manuel Mora Autonomous University of Aguascalientes


Keywords, Theory of Systems, IS Research Frameworks, Cybernetics Approach.


Information Systems (IS) discipline has been critiqued for being a fragmented discipline, and with little accumulative tradition. Consequently, several research frameworks have been proposed since the 1970s (Mason and Mitroff 1973; Ives, Hamilton and Davis 1980; Nolan and Wheterbe, 1980; Alter 2003) to help to organize, define and delimit such objects of study. However, despite the benefits reported to guide IS research to focus on the adequate objects of study, a formal systemic analysis of them reveals that these frameworks are still incomplete and have systemic inconsistencies. Then, this paper, based in the premise of the development of a more updated and comprehensive framework is required, reports a new one. Its completeness regarding previous frameworks is discussed as well as its potential utilization.

Author Biography

Manuel Mora, Autonomous University of Aguascalientes

Associate Professor Information Systems Department



How to Cite

Mora, M. (2006). Theory of Systems and Information Systems Research Frameworks. Proceedings of the 50th Annual Meeting of the ISSS - 2006, Sonoma, CA, USA. Retrieved from



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