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The shoemaker's children: using wikis for information systems teaching, research, and publication
Abstract This paper argues that Web 2.0 tools, specThis paper argues that Web 2.0 tools, specifically wikis, have begun to influence business and knowledge sharing practices in many organizations. Information Systems researchers have spent considerable time exploring the impact and implications of these tools in organizations, but those same researchers have not spent sufficient time considering whether and how these new technologies may provide opportunities for us to reform our core practices of research, review, and teaching. To this end, this paper calls for the {IS} discipline to engage in two actions related to wikis and other Web 2.0 tools. First, the {IS} discipline ought to engage in critical reflection about how wikis and other Web 2.0 tools could allow us to conduct our core processes differently. Our existing practices were formulated during an era of paperbased exchange; wikis and other Web 2.0 tools may enable processes that could be substantively better. Nevertheless, users can appropriate information technology tools in unexpected ways, and even when tools are appropriated as expected there can be unintended negative consequences. Any potential changes to our core processes should, therefore, be considered critically and carefully, leading to our second recommended action. We advocate and describe a series of controlled experiments that will help assess the impact of these technologies on our core processes and the associated changes that would be necessary to use them. We argue that these experiments can provide needed information regarding Web 2.0 tools and related practice changes that could help the discipline better assess whether or not new practices would be superior to existing ones and under which circumstances.isting ones and under which circumstances.
Added by wikilit team Added on initial load  +
Collected data time dimension Longitudinal  +
Comments this paper calls for the IS discipline to this paper calls for the IS discipline to engage critical reflection about how wikis and other Web 2.0 tools could allow us to conduct our core processes differently; also advocate a series of controlled experiments that will help assess the impact of these technologies on our core processes and the associated changes that would be necessary to use them.anges that would be necessary to use them.
Conclusion this paper calls for the IS discipline to this paper calls for the IS discipline to engage in two actions related to wikis and other Web 2.0 tools. First, the IS discipline ought to engage in critical reflection about how wikis and other Web 2.0 tools could allow us to conduct our core processes differently. We advocate and describe a series of controlled experiments that will help assess the impact of these technologies on our core processes and the associated changes that would be necessary to use them.anges that would be necessary to use them.
Data source Experiment responses  + , Survey responses  + , Wikipedia pages  +
Google scholar url http://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22The%2Bshoemaker%27s%2Bchildren%3A%2Busing%2Bwikis%2Bfor%2Binformation%2Bsystems%2Bteaching%2C%2Bresearch%2C%2Band%2Bpublication%22  +
Has author Gerald C. Kane + , Robert G. Fichman +
Has domain Information systems +
Has topic Research platform +
Issue 1  +
Peer reviewed Yes  +
Publication type Journal article  +
Published in MIS Quarterly +
Research design Content analysis  + , Experiment  +
Research questions Information Systems researchers have spentInformation Systems researchers have spent considerable time exploring the impact and implications of these tools in organizations, but those same researchers have not spent sufficient time considering whether and how these new technologies may provide opportunities for us to reform our core practices of research, review, and teaching.actices of research, review, and teaching.
Revid 10,993  +
Theories In this paper, we adopt an ensemble view oIn this paper, we adopt an ensemble view of wiki technology. According to Orlikowski and Iaconno (2001), this perspective focuses on “the dynamic interactions between people and technology—whether during construction, implementation, or use in organizations, or during the deployment of technology in society” (p. 126). Specifically, we assume that technology, Embod[ies] social structures (conceptualized in terms of Giddens’ notion of structure as sets of rules and resources), which presumably have been built into the technology by designers during its development and which are then appropriated by users as they interact with the technology. Typical questions addressed by this literature include: How do users appropriate the social structures embodied in a given technology and with what outcomes? What are the intended and unintended consequences of using a given technology? (Orlikowski and Iacono 2001, p. 127)logy? (Orlikowski and Iacono 2001, p. 127)
Theory type Design and action  +
Title The shoemaker's children: using wikis for information systems teaching, research, and publication
Unit of analysis Edit  + , User  +
Url https://www.socialtext.net/data/workspaces/misq5040/attachments/misq_5040:20090128162705-2-31083/original/kanefichman&comments.pdf  +
Volume 33  +
Wikipedia coverage Case  +
Wikipedia data extraction Live Wikipedia  +
Wikipedia language English  +
Wikipedia page type Article  + , Article:talk  + , User  + , History  +
Year 2009  +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 15 March 2012 20:31:23  +
Categories Research platform  + , Information systems  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 30 January 2014 20:31:56  +
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