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ASSOCIATION FOR
INFORMATION SYSTEMS

AIS SAAISSAC

Jan H. Kroeze
University of South Africa  
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Izak van Zyl
University of South Africa
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Abstract

In this paper, we review the concept of transdisciplinarity with emphasis on its value for Information Systems (IS) theory and practice.

In keeping with prevailing research on this topic, we study the relation between IS research and concepts originating from theoretical debates around disciplinarity. In particular, we attempt to deepen the understanding of transdisciplinarity as a means of overcoming (or extending) prevailing disciplinary undertakings.

We attempt to locate the concept, thus, within the theoretical ambit of IS, especially concerning issues of relevance and impact - two fundamental properties of transdisciplinarity. We build towards new or extended applications of transdisciplinary in the Information Systems with reference to Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D).

In conclusion, we note the disciplinary competencies that underpin transdisciplinary approaches.

 

Associations

Digital Libraries