Information Systems Research Group
The largest growth in most world economies today is coming from "information industries". This success reveals that organisations are becoming increasingly knowledge-based and reliant on their information systems. Forced by technological change and globalisation of markets, virtually all manufacturing and service industries are now placing increasing emphasis upon integrated information systems such as ERP, SCM and CRM.
Information systems, as the research group understands it as a discipline, focuses on exploring the interface between management, information science and computer science. Contrary to electronic engineers that focus on hardware, computer scientists that focus on software, we as a group focus on the trust, adoption, use and exploitation of information systems in social environments that are the result of integrated human activity systems.
Information systems refers to the wider systems of people, data and activities (both computer-based and manual) that effectively gather, process, store and disseminate organisational information. Therefore, the value of the information systems researcher or professional stems from a breadth of knowledge and skills that are required to be successful in a such a complex multidisciplinary field, which requires specialist knowledge of the computer world, the world of organisations and the people for whom the system must process information, as well as the professional skills and knowledge required to understand and interact with complex social environments and human activity systems. An information system researcher will have studied in depth a subset of these aspects and will have acquired theoretical and practical knowledge which they will be able to apply confidently in future research projects and in IS activities in organizations of all kinds. Reflecting the multidisciplinarity of the field, Information systems research requires a mix of social, management and technical research approaches, ranging from traditional positivist, deductive, quantitative methodologies to interpretivist, inductive qualitative ones, depending on the topic and research questions identified.
Key research areas
Our research in Information Systems is grounded on the need to support and sustain Information Management, Knowledge Management and Information Sharing in Organisations. Specifically, we are interested in the following key areas of research:
- Information Systems and their role in the Information Society and Globalisation;
- Information Systems Thinking and Strategic Planning;
- Information Systems Design and Development using Design Science Research Approaches;
- Information Systems Project Management;
- Information Systems Change Management;
- Quality and Risk Thinking in Information Systems;
- Adoption of and Trust in Information Systems;
- Barriers and Enablers to the use of Information Systems;
- Roles of Information Systems in Innovation, R&D and Organisational Development.
- Emergent topics in Information Systems Deployment, such as Smart Cities, E-commerce, E-Government, E-learning, Big Data, etc