The Special Interest Group on Pragmatist IS Research (SIGPrag) was approved by the Association for Information Systems (AIS) council at its June 2008 meeting in Galway. SIGPrag is a response to a growing recognition of the importance of theorizing the IT artifact and its organizational and societal context from a pragmatic and action-oriented perspective. SIGPrag’s mission is to provide facilitate exchange of ideas and further development of this area of IS scholarship.
Pragmatist IS research rests on the following set of assumptions:
- Human life is a life of activity.
- Humans do things that effect changes in their environment and/or within themselves.
- Doing permeates thinking, conceptualizations and language use.
- Human consciousness is a practical one that is in constant interplay with interventive, investigative, and evaluative actions.
- Practical consciousness is formed by experience from previous actions and participationin social contexts.
- IT and information systems are fundamentally symbolic language systems.
- Linguistically expressed collective presuppositions, norms and categories (such as thoseembedded in IT and information systems) serve human activity and life.
- The true value of IT and information systems lies in their potential to support humancommunication and collaboration central to human activity and life.