Inclusive design-theory: How to take advantage of diversity in information systems design

Sebastian Olbrich, Shirley Gregor, Fred Niederman, Eileen M. Trauth, Cathy Urquhart

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Abstract

The theme of ICIS 2013 in Milan is "Reshaping Society through Information Systems" (http://icis2013.aisnet.org/). One aspect of reshaping society that has been recently discussed in central Europe is that of social inclusion (http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=750&langId=en). Yet, after decades of research and ambitious political programs, we still observe an imbalanced treatment toward groups of different gender, age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, disability, and social background. Such an issue raises questions about the degree to which information systems can help to overcome such imbalance; for instance, if design principles can be formalized in order to reshape the information systems design into a different, more-inclusive direction. We contend that IS falls short in tackling this issue. In this panel, Shirley Gregor, Fred Niederman, Eileen Trauth, and Cathy Urquhart reflect on the multiple aspects of social inclusion in the design and the resulting shape of Information Systems. This panel intends to deliver more in-depth results than merely advocating a stance for more diversity in the IS workforce. Building on the principles of Design Science, we believe that our discipline can help reshape the digital economy. As a key takeaway, the panel provides guidance on the impact of gender in IS theorizing as a demonstration example, and reflect on the trend towards Social Design in the IS research community.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2013)
Subtitle of host publicationReshaping Society Through Information Systems Design
Pages2168-2176
Number of pages9
StatePublished - 2013
EventInternational Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2013 - Milan, Italy
Duration: Dec 15 2013Dec 18 2013

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2013): Reshaping Society Through Information Systems Design
Volume3

Other

OtherInternational Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2013
Country/TerritoryItaly
CityMilan
Period12/15/1312/18/13

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Library and Information Sciences

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