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CITO Seminar: Temporality and IS research

Niamh O'Riordan, new MIS staff member, will present and discuss her work on “Temporality and IS research”

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Oct 15, 2014
from 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM



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Temporality and (information systems) research seminar.

In advance of the session, give some thought to the role of time in your own research and teaching. The list of questions and resources below should help to jump start the thought process...

In general,

  1. What does time mean to you? How would you define it?
  2. Is time something that is independent of us and the events that take place in the world?
  3. Is time an objective entity or it is purely a subjective experience?
  4. Is it true that time somehow flows from the future to the past?
  5. If yes, how can we know this and must we assume time only flows in one direction?
  6. Do you respond well to time pressure? What impact do you think it has on decision making?

In terms of research (theory and method),

  1. What kind of assumptions about time are made in your research?
  2. In particular, what kind of assumptions are made about time when we try to explain / predict?
  3. When we say that x causes y, we tend to assume that x occurs before y. Why?
  4. When we say that x causes y, how much of a time gap should we accept between x and y?
  5. When we say that x causes y, must x actually occur?
  6. Could some expectation of some possible future x be enough to cause y?
  7. To what extent does your research take a dynamic or process oriented view of the world?
  8. How do you capture or represent that perspective in your research? In particular, how do you represent temporal patterns, rhythms, patterns or trends in your research?
  9. What other kinds of methodological choices are affected by timing issues?

In terms of information systems,

  1. To what extent have new technologies affected the use and experience of time in firms?
  2. To what extent have your own work practices been affected by ICTs?
  3. How have the dynamics of your interaction with colleagues/students changed because of ICTs?
  4. To what extent have your students' study practices been affected by ICTs?
  5. To what extent have these changes made you / your students more productive / efficient?
  6. What are the long term effects of increased velocity on organisations at a strategic level?

The following video links help to introduce the topic:

  • Video: A theory, B theory and McTaggary’s Paradox -
  • Video: Physics and the irreversibility of time -
  • Video: On the difference between absolute and relative time -
  • Video: A more formal introduction to the philosophy of time -