The Origin of Socio-Technical Information Systems Research in Scandinavia

Activity: Talk or presentationLecture and oral contribution


Socio-Technical IS research in Europe was founded by Enid Mumford, who applied the learnings from general S/T research within industry and coalmines to the IS/office context. The presentation will take its starting point in her early work (philosophy, methodology and tools), and it will be discussed how this learning was applied in a Scandinavian context. The challenges and conflicts with the so-called political school and the scientific IS school will be presented. One important issue for the S/T researcher was the inherent conflict between the humanistic and democratic ideal, which became a major practical issue. The presentation will end with some ideas for a reinvention of the Socio-Technical research, which seems more important than ever.
Period27 Oct 2017
Event titleAnnual Symposium of the BCS Sociotechnical Specialist Group 2017: Rebooting the Role of Sociotechnical Perspectives in a Hyper-connected, Digitised Society
Event typeConference
OrganiserBCS - The Chartered Institute for IT
LocationLondon, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational