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Representing OrganizationKnowledge, Management, and the Information Age$
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Simon Lilley, Geoffrey Lightfoot, and Paulo Amaral M. N.

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780198775416

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198775416.001.0001

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The Conceptual Basis of Information Systems: Modelling the World

The Conceptual Basis of Information Systems: Modelling the World

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(p.34) (p.35) 3 The Conceptual Basis of Information Systems: Modelling the World
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Representing Organization
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Simon Lilley

Geoffrey Lightfoot

Paulo Amaral M. N.

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198775416.003.0004

This chapter examines the roots of systems theory as well as its current role in the models that make up the core of many modern managerial information systems. Such models present a world that is other to the world in which we live and face us with a stark set of choices, devil's alternatives first glimpsed in Chapter 2. Do we eschew the real world, whatever that may be, and choose instead to inhabit the fantasies of the model world, insulating ourselves within our idealizations in the vain attempt to ignore their inability to contain that which they purport to capture? Or do we impose our models on the world with such vigour and sufficient rigour to ensure that the world ‘as is’ is lost forever, replaced by the comforting images of our conceptualizations?

Keywords:   systems, theory, managerial information systems, world

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