Posted on 13/10/2009
Dr José-Rodrigo Córdoba-Pachón, Director of the MSc in Business Information Systems at Royal Holloway, has just had a new book published by Routledge: “Systems Practice in the Information Society”. It aims to help students, practitioners in information systems, and policymakers appreciate and deal with the complexities of the so-called Global Information Society.
The book contains a helpful and historical description of both systems thinking and the information society as bodies of knowledge which can help inform our practice. The description proposes different patterns for practice, which according to José-Rodrigo, influence our thinking and action:
“The idea of patterns helps different experts and non-experts to work together in common projects and efforts. Once a pattern is acknowledged, the use of systems ideas and methodologies can help people involved to improve their contribution to make the information society happen in projects, policies and plans.”
The book develops continuously ethical awareness of the implications and impacts of our actions, so that as individuals we become better at helping ourselves and others through complex projects and initiatives. In this regard, the book can be of great benefit to the education of future generations, which according to José Rodrigo require our continuous support to become more creative, emphatic, genuine and ultimately socially responsible. In this way the book can help students to use their own skills to benefit other individuals and their future employers:
“As individuals and regardless of our own profession or interests, we all need to take part in the shaping of our future societies. The use of systems methodologies and concepts can give us the opportunity to define how best we can do it.”
Further details of the book (including viewing its contents) can be found at the publisher’s page here: Systems Practice in the Information Society.