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SIGPhil's Philosophical dialogues - the story behind the work

SIGPhil's Philosophical dialogues - the story behind the work

By Mijalche Santa
The purpose of the SIGPhil's podcasts "Philosophical dialogues: the story behind the work" is to go behind the published work and seek answers to why philosophy, how philosophy, when philosophy and with whom. Together with the guests talking about their experience we will explore the history, the ideas, the reasoning, the process, the challenges and the funny things that happened and made contribution to what they published. We will also discuss what did not got published and the future of their philosophical work. All that in 45 to 60 minutes.
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Mikko Siponen SIGPhil's Philosophical dialogues
Today I talk with prof. Mikko Siponen. He is a Professor of Information Systems at the University of Jyväskylä. His research interests include IS security, IS development, computer ethics, and philosophical aspects of IS. He has published extensively in top IS journals like MISQ, ISR, JAIS, EJIS and others. He has been guest SE and AE for the MISQ and held editorial positions at JAIS, EJIS, I&M, and CAIS.  Prof. Siponen has unique mix of education (Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Joensuu, Finland, and a Ph.D. in Information Systems From the University of Oulu, Finland), proven track of publications covering IS and Philosophy in IS. He has supervised 25 Ph.D. and more than 100 Master's theses to the completion. It is based on this unique background and experience that he shares with us his view on philosophy in IS. He is so far the only Information Systems scholar invited to the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters. Today with prof. Siponen we talk how you engage in philosophy by giving very practical suggestions, how you should think about philosophy, how philosophy can help you in your argumentation process and much more. It is my pleasure to bring you prof. Siponen.
44:25
June 8, 2021
Amir Haj-Bolouri SIGPhil's Philosophical dialogues
Today I talk with Amir Haj-Bolouri, an assistant professor at University West, Trollhättan, Sweden.  Doctor Haj-Bolouri research is mainly within the field of Information Systems with a focus on questions and phenomena conerning design, immersive technologies (e.g., Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality), philosophy, and learning. Amir's research has contributed to the domains of Design Science Research, Action Design Research, E-Learning, theory and theorizing in Information Systems and philosophy in Information Systems. Amir cooperates with leading scholars and has recently published the paper "Revitalizing Thoughts on Theory, Theorizing, and Philosophizing in Information Systems" in the "Advancing Information Systems Theories Rationale and Processes" series edited by Nik Rushdi Hassan and Leslie P. Willcocks, and "Wickedness in Designing IT for Integration Work: A Phenomenological Account" as an upcoming publication in Scandinavian Journal of Information Systems.  Today we explore those thoughts from the perspective of younger scholar and talk about so what and what it adds philosophy to your paper, the importance of iteration , the need to be pragmatical and at the end we talk about the Eastern philosophies. With this I bring you Amir.
54:18
April 28, 2021
Dubravka Cecez-Kecmanovic SIGPhil's Philosophical dialogues
Today I talk with Dubravka Cecez-Kecmanovic, currently Emeritus Professor at University of New South Wales, Sydney. Dubravka started her academic career at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Sarajevo, ex-Yugoslavia, where she was elected a professor of Information Systems (IS) in 1990 in the Informatics Department.   Since 1993 she has continued her academic career in Australia, first as professor of Information Systems at Griffith University, Brisbane, then at UWS, Sydney, before joining University of New South Wales in 2002. Among many roles she held, she served as the Head of School of Information Systems, Technology and Management and as the Presiding Member of the UNSW Business School. She has published in the top IS journals and conferences, co-edited special issues published in MIS Quarterly and Information System Journal. She is currently a Senior Editor of Journal of Association of Information Systems and Information and Organization.  Dubravka's intellectual journey, her research interests and publications reflect criticality, pluralism and concerns for social social implications of IT and IS. Her research has spanned a wide range from studies of social systems of information and government information systems, to ethnographies of digital work, collaboration and decision-making, to exploring electronic commerce and the transformative role of IS in economies in transition. Majority of these studies were informed by Critical Social Theory, involving fieldwork and theorizing grounded in empirical data, that led to theoretical and methodological contributions to the critical approach to IS research. More recently she has engaged in developing and applying a processual sociomaterial approach to understanding and researching IS and organizing, that overcomes the entrenched dichotomy between the technological and the social. Today we talk about her philosophical pursuits that informed or underpinned her studies. I asked her how she chose particular approaches and philosophical foundations when studying different IS phenomena;  how she recognized that different times and different phenomena require change to dominant understanding of reality. We also talk about core and boundaries of the IS discipline. We discuss examples how her PhD students relate sometimes abstract philosophical thought to empirical observations in order to provide better explanation and much more. And with this brief introduction I bring you prof. Dubravka Cecez-Kecmanovic.
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March 15, 2021
John Mingers - SIGPhil's Philosophical dialogues
Today I talk with prof. John Mingers. He is Professor of Operational Research and Information Systems at Kent Business School, University of Kent. He is an Academician of the Academy of the Social Sciences, and has been an Associate Editor for MIS Quarterly. His research interests include research metrics; the nature of information, meaning and knowledge; the use of systems methodologies in problem situations - multimethodology, and the philosophy of critical realism. Prof. Mingers has published extensively in top journals in the different fields and it is is in top 2% of world scientists in IS and OR field and one of the highest cited British scholars. Thus philosophy does have an impact. In this podcast we talk about the development of philosophical interest, and how the quest to answers inspires exploration of philosophical streams, about scholarly innovation and creating the future, how PhD students should meet the challenges of philosophy and much more. It is my pleasure to bring you prof. Mingers.
49:00
February 17, 2021
Jan Recker - SIGPhil's Philosophical dialogues
Today I talk with Jan Recker. Prof. Recker is an AIS fellow, Alexander-von-Humboldt fellow, chaired professor of Information Systems and Systems Development at the University of Cologne, Germany and adjunct professor at Queensland University of Technology, Australia.  His research focuses on systems analysis and design, digital innovation and entrepreneurship, and digital solutions for sustainability challenges. He explores the intersection of technology, people and work with focus on how technology and/or work are designed, and in which processes they come together. Prof. Recker has published in the top journals of our field and is one of most cited scholars in our field. He is a Senior Editor for the MIS Quarterly. From 2015 to 2020 he was editor-in-chief of Communications of Association for Information Systems journal, where he introduced the "History and Philosophy of IS" department and in this podcast we talk about philosophy.  We talk about his encounters with philosophy, about the option to choose, epistemological pluralism, transparency, the beauty and future of the IS field and we end with Jan's message to young scholars. It is my pleasure to bring you prof. Recker. 
53:46
January 11, 2021
Shirley Gregor - SIGPhil's Philosophical dialogues
Today I talk with Shirley Gregor. She is a Professor Emerita at the Australian National University. Her research interests include artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction and the philosophy of science and technology. Her research has appeared in outlets including MIS Quarterly, Journal of Management Information Systems, Journal of the Association of Information Systems, International Journal of Electronic Commerce, European Journal of Information Systems and Information Technology & People.  In her career prof. Gregor was a Senior Editor for MIS Quarterly and was Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of the Association of Information Systems. She has led several large applied research projects. Prof. Gregor is Fellow of the Australian Computer Society and a Fellow of the Association for Information Systems. She was given a DESRIST Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017 for contributions to design science research in information systems and technology. And Design Science is the ongoing topic of our discussion. With prof. Gregor I talk about how she was drawn to the fundamental questions and why she wants to answer them. How she participated and made contribution to the ongoing development of design science research in IS. We also discuss the interesting court case related to design science, discuss the possible contribution of abduction, Simon's artificial science, the future of IS and much more. With this I welcome prof. Gregor.
51:42
November 16, 2020
Bo Dahlbom - SIGPhil's Philosophical dialogues
Bo Dahlbom is a professor of information systems at the University of Gothenburg and research director at Sustainable Innovation. He is a Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences.  Prof. Bo Dahlbom has contributed to the development of the discipline information systems in Scandinavia, to the Nordic cooperation as the initiator of the IRIS Association, as editor of the Scandinavian journal, as conference organizer, and as the initiator of large Nordic collaborative research projects. He became associate professor in theoretical philosophy in 1983, full professor of information systems in 1994.  It is this unique experience of Bo Dahlbom that provides a unique insight in our discussion while we discuss the past, present and the future of philosophy and information systems, the relation of empirical research and philosophical awareness and much more.
57:11
September 24, 2020
Brian Butler - SIGPhil's Philosophical dialogues
In this "SIGPhil's Philosophical dialogues: the story behind the work" podcast I talk with prof. Brian Butler. Dr. Brian Butler is a Professor and Senior Associate Dean in the College of Information Studies (iSchool) at the University of Maryland. Dr. Butler has published over 100 refereed articles in journals, conference proceedings, and edited books. His recent scholarly work has been published in Archival Science, Journal of the Association of Information Science and Technology (JASIST), Information Systems Research, MIS Quarterly, Communications of the ACM, and Organization Science. His research interests include the development and modeling of online communities and social media systems, the interplay of power and information technology in organizations, and techniques for deploying complex information systems to support reliable organizational and individual performance. His recent work examined the role of local information institutions and infrastructures in community resilience.   In this podcast we talk about his eclectic approach towards usage of philosophical streams, his opinion on how to communicate your philosophical intuitions in research papers, the philosophical obligations of IS scholars and much more.
53:03
September 24, 2020
Allen S Lee - SIGPhil's Philosophical dialogues
The first "SIGPhil's Philosophical dialogues: the story behind the work" podcast with prof. Allen S Lee, Professor Emeritus of Information Systems at Virginia Commonwealth University. We talk about his experience and work on philosophy in IS, how he started, how he progressed and his contribution to IS discourse.
51:06
February 17, 2020