Information Systems
These contributions concern the concetualization of Information Systems (IS) from the activity modality perspective. The main message here is that the definition of IS needs to depart from the individual user. Thus, the IS is seen as a dialectical relation between an IT-artefact and the individual user. In principle, this mmeans that there will be as many ISs as there are users of the IT-artefact. Another consequence is that the IS is uniquely defined for each user.

Taxén, L. (2004). IS Design as Domain Construction. In Bertelsen O, Korpela M and Mursu A (Eds.) Activity Theory Based Practical Methods for IT Design,  ATIT 2004  (pp. 111-122). 2-3. September 2004, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Taxén, L. (2005). From IT Design to Workpractice Construction. In UITQ 2005 - International Research Workshop on User-driven IT Design and Quality Assurance, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, May 24-25, 2005. Presentation

Taxén, L. (2007). Making sense of the IT artefact.  In Åke Walldius & Yngve Sundblad (Eds.), Proceedings of the UITQ workshop 2007 (pp. 16-17).  Presentation

Taxén, L. (2011). Information Systems and Activity Modalities - a Coordination Perspective on the Interaction between the Neural and the Social. Gmunden Retreat on NeuroIS 2011, Gmunden, Austria, June 26-28, 2011. Presentation

Taxén, L. (2013). Reconceptualizing Information Systems from the Activity Modality Perspective. Gmunden Retreat on NeuroIS 2013, Gmunden, Austria, June 1-4, 2013. Presentation

Taxén, L. (2015). An Investigation of the Nature of Information Systems from a Neurobiological Perspective. In F. Davis, R Riedl, J. vom Brocke, P.-M. Léger, A. Randolph (Eds.), Information Systems and Neuroscience, Gmunden Retreat on NeuroIS 2015 (pp. 27-34). Dordrecht: Springer Science+Business Media. DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-18702-0. Presentation

Taxén, L. (2015). Towards Theorising Information Systems from a Neurobiological Perspective. 23rd European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS 2015), Paper 179. Presentation

Taxén, L., and Riedl, R.(2016). Understanding Coordination in the Information Systems Domain: Conceptualization and Implications. Journal of Information Technology Theory and Application (JITTA), 17(1), Article 2. Also available at:


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