Informing Science: The International Journal of an Emerging Transdiscipline (InformingSciJ)

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Volume 20, 2017


Table of contents for Volume 20 of Informing Science: the International Journal of an Emerging Transdiscipline, 2017.
Informing Science, table of contents
i - iii
Alperen M Aydin
Aim/Purpose: The objective of this paper is to review the vast literature of user-centric in-formation science and inform about the emerging themes in information behaviour science.

Background: The paradigmatic shift from system-centric to user-centric approach facilitates research on the cognitive and individual information processing. Various information behaviour theories/models emerged.
...
user-centric information processing, information behaviour, collaborative information behaviour
1 - 20
Sabah Al-Fedaghi
Aim/Purpose: With information almost effortlessly created and spontaneously available, current progress in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has led to the complication that information must be scrutinized for trustworthiness and provenance. Information systems must become provenance-aware to be satisfactory in accountability, reproducibility, and trustworthiness of data.

Backgroun ...
conceptual representation, provenance, diagrammatic representation, workflow, data provenance
19 - 36
Grandon Gill, Matthew Mullarkey
Aim/Purpose
We establish a conceptually rigorous definition for the widely used but loosely defined term “fitness”. We then tie this definition to complexity, highlighting a number of important implications for the informing science transdiscipline.

Background
As informing science increasingly incorporates concepts of fitness and complexity in its research stream, rigorous discussion and de ...
fitness, complexity, rugged landscapes, punctuated equilibrium, informing
37 - 61
Ulrich Schmitt
Aim/Purpose: Personal Knowledge Management (PKM) has been envisaged as a crucial tool for the growing creative class of knowledge workers, but adequate technological solutions have not been forthcoming.

Background: Based on former affordance-related publications (primarily concerned with communication, community-building, collaboration, and social knowledge sharing), the common and differing n ...
Personal Knowledge Management (PKM), Design Science Research (DSR), Informing Science (IS), Knowledge Worker, Affordances, Path Dependency, Fixations, Digital Ecosystems, Memes, Memex, Knowcations
63 - 82
Greeni Maheshwari, Susan Thomas
Aim/Purpose: The main aim of the research is to examine the performance of second language English speaking students enrolled in the Business Statistics course and to investigate the academic performance of students when taught under the constructivist and non-constructivist approaches in a classroom environment.

Background: There are different learning theories that are established based on ho ...
business statistics, constructivist approach, second language English speakers, student motivation, academic performance
83 - 97
Shaghayegh Maleki Far, Mohammadreza Akbari, Steven J Clarke
Aim/Purpose : An important objective of any firm is escalation of its performance and the achievement of competitive advantages. Supply chain agility plays a prominent role to enhance the level of firm’s performance. Moreover, information technology (IT) plays a foundational role in supply chain management practices. Hence, this study proposes the relationship between IT integration as the compete ...
IT integration, supply chain agility, market performance
99 - 117
Derrick L Anderson
Aim/Purpose
Information Technology students’ learning outcomes improve when teaching methodology moves away from didactic behaviorist-based pedagogy toward a more heuristic constructivist-based version of andragogy.

Background
There is a distinctive difference, a notable gap, between the academic community and the business community in their views of the level of preparedness of recent info ...
learning outcomes, pedagogy, andragogy, behaviorism, constructivism, learning theory, instructional strategy
119 - 131
Husain F. Ghuloum, Zuwainah R Allamki
Aim/Purpose: This paper aims to investigate how Kuwaiti Academic Libraries (KALs) have responded to the rapidly evolving Smartphone-Apps (SP-Apps) environment, as well as exploring the level of electronic services provided in these libraries.

Background: This study can illustrate whether the governmental, academic libraries in the State of Kuwait have already benefited from the mobile services ...
academic library, smartphone, information communication technology, Kuwait
133 - 148
Dan Bouhnik, Yahel Giat, Issachar Zarruk
Aim/Purpose: To develop and introduce a questionnaire that investigates the informing needs, information-seeking behavior, and supplier selection of procurement officers in Israel. The questionnaire’s internal consistency reliability is given. Additionally, we describe the demographic description of the procurement officers in Israel.

Background: Procurement science is an important field that aff ...
procurement, informing needs, e-procurement, Israel
149 - 165
Dimitar Grozdanov Christozov
Aim/Purpose: Sharing ideas generated in a Business Intelligence (BI) Applications class to upgrade an Information System in to an Informing System.

Background: Course Registration is the essential university’s business process in a university that follows a liberal-arts education model. Almost all categories of users are involved, including students, individual faculties and departments, and a ...
information systems, informing systems, business intelligence, analytics, course registration
167 - 178

Volume 19, 2016


Raafat George Saadé
InformingScienceJ, Volume 19, 2016 Table of Contents
table of contents, Informing Science
i - iii
Grandon Gill, Matthew Mullarkey, Joseph E Mohr, Moez Limayem
As the complexity of a system grows, the challenge of informing the stakeholders of that system grows correspondingly. Nowhere is that challenge more daunting than in business education, where globalization, technological innovation, and increasingly complicated regulations continuously transform the business environment facing graduates and practitioners. Informing science theory proposes that di ...
informing science, informing system, internships, externships, business education, case studies, research, channel, complexity, rugged landscape, business school, impact
1 - 73
Dimitar Grozdanov Christozov, Stefanka Chukova, Plamen S. Mateev
The following definition of “option” is given in Wikipedia - “In finance, an option is a contract, which gives the buyer (the owner or holder) the right, but not the obligation, to buy or sell an underlying asset or instrument at a specified strike price on or before a specified date, depending on the form of the option” (“Option,” n.d.). Option as a risk management (mitigation) tool is broadly us ...
warranty of malfunctioning, warranty of misinforming, options, asymmetry, utility, risk of misinforming
75 - 87
Bill Davey, Karoly Bozan, Robert Houghton, Kevin R. Parker
Group work can provide a valuable learning experience, one that is especially relevant for those preparing to enter the information system workforce. While much has been discussed about effective means of delivering the benefits of collaborative learning in groups, there are some problems that arise due to pragmatic environmental factors such as the part time work commitments of students. This stu ...
action research, group work problems
89 - 102
Celina M. Olszak, Jerzy Andrzej Kisielnicki
The main aim of this paper is to provide a theoretically and empirically grounded discussion on IT-based organizational creativity support. This study attempts to answer the following questions: (1) what is the issue of organizational creativity and its IT-based support, (2) what is the demand for IT –based organizational creativity support; (3) what are the main determinants and barriers to IT-ba ...
Organizational creativity, IT-based organizational creativity support, success factors
103 - 123
Jeremy J Storer, Joseph T. Chao, Andrew T Torelli, Alexis D Ostrowski
Non-expert scientists are frequently involved in research requiring data acquisition over large geographic areas. Despite mutual benefits for such “citizen science”, barriers also exist, including 1) difficulty maintaining user engagement with timely feedback, and 2) the challenge of providing non-experts with the means to generate reliable data. We have developed a system that addresses these bar ...
Citizen Science, Cell-phone Spectrometer, Water Contaminant Analysis, Web and Mobile Development, Visualization
125 - 139
Erastus Karanja, Donna M. Grant, Shinetta Freeman, David Anyiwo
This study investigates the skill sets necessary for entry level systems analysts. Towards this end, the study combines two sources of data, namely, a content analysis of 200 systems analysts’ online job advertisements and a survey of 20 senior Information Systems (IS) professionals. Based on Chi-square tests, the results reveal that most employers prefer entry level systems analysts with an under ...
System Analysts, Information Systems, Education, Skills, Content Analysis, Empirical Study
141 - 160
Jerzy Andrzej Kisielnicki, Anna Maria Misiak
The global Business Intelligence (BI) market grew by 10% in 2013 according to the Gartner Report. Today organizations require better use of data and analytics to support their business decisions. Internet power and business trend changes have provided a broad term for data analytics – Big Data. To be able to handle it and leverage a value of having access to Big Data, organizations have no other c ...
Agile methods, Business Intelligence, efficiency, end-users needs, advanced analytics, sprint, iteration
161 - 172
Cheng Sun, Rita Spathis, Krithivasan Sankaranarayanan, Chim W. Chan, J. Koji Lum
The all-pervasive Internet has created serious problems, such as Internet overuse, which has triggered considerable debate over its relationship with addiction. To further explore its genetic susceptibilities and alternative explanations for Internet overuse, we proposed and evaluated four hypotheses, each based on existing knowledge of the biological bases of addiction, inattention, novelty-seeki ...
Internet overuse; inattentiveness; dopamine receptor D4 gene (DRD4); serotonin transporter gene (5-HTTLPR); Internet Addiction Test
173 - 200
Sonja H Bickford, Angela K Hollman, Marina Nenasheva, Pamela Lesser, Timo Koivurova
In many cases, temporary websites may be simple, accessible solutions for knowledge management and dissemination of information. However, such sites may become outdated as the funding ends, but yet in many cases, still publicly available through the Internet. The issue of website sustainability is a relevant topic for all organizations that have websites. Website lifecycle, knowledge management, a ...
websites, lifecycle, knowledge management, sustainability, case study
201 - 213
Mohammad A. Alajmi, Awadh H. Alharbi, Husain F. Ghuloum
Based on the diffusion of innovation (DOI) theory (Rogers, 2003), the uses and gratifications (U&G) theory, and trust theory, this study investigated the factors that influence the use of Twitter among the Kuwaiti community. The study surveyed Twitter users in Kuwait. A structured online questionnaire was used to collect data, and 463 respondents who provided complete answers participated. Multipl ...
social media, microblogging, Kuwait, diffusion of innovation, motivations, trust objects, communication technology
215 - 237
FEATURED
Emad Moaddab

In his “Theses on the Philosophy of History”, Walter Benjamin suggests that all cultural treasures “owe their existence not only to the efforts of the great minds and talents who have created them, but also to the anonymous toil of their contemporaries. There is no document of civilization which is not at the same time a document of barbarism”. The most obvious and prominent examples of cultural ...
cinematic thinking, monumental architectural works, cultural documents, montage, cultural imaginary geography
239 - 251
Layla Hasan
This research aims to suggest key design characteristics that are necessary for developing usable e-commerce websites in the Arab world. A comprehensive usability evaluation of four leading Arab e-commerce websites was conducted using the heuristic evaluation method. The results identified major and minor usability problems and major and minor good design characteristics on the selected websites. ...
key design characteristics, usability, e-commerce websites, Arab world, heuristic evaluation, informing
253 - 275
Marc Pelteret, Jacques Ophoff
The privacy of personal information is an important area of focus in today’s electronic world, where information can so easily be captured, stored, and shared. In recent years it has regularly featured as a topic in news media and has become the target of legislation around the world. Multidisciplinary privacy research has been conducted for decades, yet privacy remains a complex subject that stil ...
privacy, information privacy, personal information, privacy management, consumers, clients, transdisciplinary, organizations, literature review
277 - 301
Elsje Scott , Terrina Govender, Nata van der Merwe
In the fast changing global economic landscape, the cultivation of sustainable entrepreneurial ventures is seen as a vital mechanism that will enable businesses to introduce new innovative products to the market faster and more effectively than their competitors.
This research paper investigated phenomena that may play a significant role when entrepreneurs implement creative ideas resulting in s ...
entrepreneurial start-ups, partnerships, education, idea generation, innovation, design thinking, common features for the foundation of a successful company
303 - 324
Chris W Callaghan
Certain trends in scientific research have important relevance to bioethics theory and practice. A growing stream of literature relates to increasing transparency and inclusivity of populations (stakeholders) in scientific research, from high volume data collection, synthesis, and analysis to verification and ethical scrutiny. The emergence of this stream of literature has implications for bioethi ...
biomedical ethics, citizen science, informing science, probabilistic innovation, crowdsourcing, transparency, scientific inclusiveness
325 - 343
Ulrich Schmitt
The article presents Personal Knowledge Management (PKM) as an overdue individualized as well as a collaborative approach for knowledge workers. Designing a PKM-supporting system, however, resembles a so-called “wicked” problem (ill-defined; incomplete, contradictory, changing requirements, complex interdependencies) where the information needed to understand the challenges depends on upon one’s i ...
Personal Knowledge Management (PKM), Design Science Research (DSR), Informing Science (IS), Popper’s Three Worlds, Knowledge Worker, Organizational Knowledge Man-agement (OKM), Human Capital, Capacity Development, Lifelong learning, Digital Ecosystems, Complexity, Memes, Memex, Knowcations
345 - 379
Junghyun Nam
Web portals have been used as information products to deliver personalized, feature-rich, and flexible information needs to Internet users. However, all portals are not equal. Most of them have relatively a small number of visitors, while a few capture the majority of surfers. This study seeks to uncover the factors that contribute the perceived quality of a general portal. Based on 21 factors der ...
web portal, web portal quality, information quality, information product quality, perceived quality; intention to use
381 - 409

Volume 18, 2015


Chad Petersen, Kevin A. Johnston
The impact that Facebook and Twitter usage has on the creation and maintenance of university student’s cognitive social capital was investigated on students in the Western Cape province of South Africa. Facebook and Twitter were selected as part of the research context because both are popular online social network systems (SNSs), and few studies were found that investigated the impact that both F ...
Facebook, Twitter, Cognitive Social Capital, Bridging Social Capital, Bonding Social Capital, Maintained Social Capital, Usage, University Students
1 - 30
Andreas Drechsler
This paper identifies areas in the design science research (DSR) subfield of the information systems (IS) discipline where a more detailed consideration of practitioner audiences of socio-technical design artifacts could improve current IS DSR research practice and proposes an initial conceptualization of these audiences. The consequences of not considering artifact audiences are identified throug ...
design science, informing science, artifacts, artifact audiences, relevance, fitness, utility
31 - 47
FEATURED
Dimitar Grozdanov Christozov, Stefanka Chukova, Plamen Mateev
This paper discusses applications of the measures of the risk of misinforming and the role of the warranty of misinforming in the context of the informing component of Customer Related Management (CRM) issues. This study consists of two parts. Firstly, we propose an approach for customers’ grouping based on their attitude toward assessing product's properties and their expertise on the terminology ...
measures of the risk of misinforming, warranty of misinforming, customer related management, customer’s purchase attitude, customers expertize
47 - 61
William F Murphy, Sandra Sanchez Murphy, Raymond R Buettner, Grandon Gill
The Joint Interagency Field Experimentation (JIFX) event, organized by the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), is conducted 3-4 times a year at various locations. The four day event can be characterized as an informing system specifically designed to facilitate structured and unstructured communications between a variety of parties—e.g., software developers, inventors, military and civilian users of ...
JIFX, informing system, complexity, disaster management, ad hoc experimentation, collaboration, military
63 - 109
Meg Coffin Murray, Jorge Pérez
Technology has transformed education, perhaps most evidently in course delivery options. However, compelling questions remain about how technology impacts learning. Adaptive learning tools are technology-based artifacts that interact with learners and vary presentation based upon that interaction. This paper compares adaptive learning with a conventional teaching approach implemented in a digital ...
Adaptive learning, adaptive learning system, personalized learning systems, iron triangle, informing science
111 - 125
Dan Bouhnik , Yahel Giat
In today’s knowledge environment, individuals and groups who gather relevant information about the organization’s external environment and distribute that information for use by their colleagues receive increasing attention and are viewed with great importance. These individuals have been named Information Gatekeepers. Thus far, researchers have not established a unanimous and interdisciplinary de ...
Information environment, gatekeeper, organizational knowledge, organizational learning
127 - 144
Ulrich Schmitt
The paper introduces a novel Personal Knowledge Management (PKM) concept and prototype system. The system’s objective is to aid life-long-learning, resourcefulness, creativity, and teamwork of individuals throughout their academic and professional life and as contributors and beneficiaries of organizational and societal performance. Such a scope offers appealing and viable opportunities for stakeh ...
Personal Knowledge Management (PKM), Organizational Knowledge Management (OKM), PKM for Development (PKM4D), Informing Science Framework, Human Capital, Capacity Development, Lifelong learning, Memes, Memex, Knowcations, Disruptive Innovations, Kuhn’s Scientific Revolutions
145 - 175
Andrew S Targowski
The purpose of this investigation is to define the central contents and issues of the impact of informing systems on the rise and development of Virtual Civilization. The methodology is based on an interdisciplinary big-picture view of the Virtual Civilization’s elements of development and their interdependency. Among the findings are: Virtual Civilization has infrastructural characteristics, a wo ...
Informing systems, Informing science, Information Wave, Virtual Wave, Civilization, Global Civilization, Virtual Civilization, Virtuality, Cyberspace, Cognitive space, e-Nation
177 - 204
Sabah Al-Fedaghi, Heba AlMeshari
Understanding of social network structure and user behavior has important implications for site design, applications (e.g., ad placement policies), accurate modeling for social studies, and design of next-generation infrastructure and content distribution systems. Currently, characterizations of social networks have been dominated by topological studies in which graph representations are analyzed ...
Social network, network structure, user behaviors, node interior, conceptual representation
205 - 224
J. David Johnson
Tensions are a ubiquitous feature of social life and are manifested in a number of particular forms: contradictory logics, competing demands, clashes of ideas, contradictions, dialectics, irony, paradoxes, and/or dilemmas. This essay aims to explore in detail tensions surrounding seven common findings of the information seeking literature relating to: interpersonal communication, accessibility, le ...
Human information behavior; health information seeking; tensions; paradoxes, dilemmas
225 - 234
Andrew S Targowski
The purpose of this investigation is to define the architecture of computer informing systems. The methodology is based on an interdisciplinary, big-picture view of the cognition units which provide the foundation for informing systems. Among the findings are the following: informing systems should be designed for rigor and relevance with respect to the cognitive units (information), integrating ...
cognition units, informing systems, information systems, information rigor, information relevance, informing resonance, resonant change, informing purpose, reasoning richness, informing quality, informing security, informing space, wise civilization, cognitive space, real space, cyberspace, data, information, concept, knowledge, wisdom, information perspective, information image
235 - 266

Volume 17, 2014


Daniel A. Peak, Victor R. Prybutok, Michael Gibson, Yu "Andy" Wu, Chenyan Xu
25 - 57
Alan R. Hevner, Christopher Davis, Rosann Webb Collins, Grandon Gill
103 - 132
Jason H. Sharp, Sherry D. Ryan, Victor R. Prybutok
175 - 187

Volume 16, 2013


Lixuan Zhang, Robert Pavur, Paul York, Clinton Amos
1 - 18
99 - 115
Harry W. Strachan
197 - 201
John C. Ickis, Mislav Ante Omazić
247 - 260
273 - 295

Volume 15, 2012


J. E. Everett
35 - 48
Bashorat Ibragimova, Sherry D. Ryan, John C. Windsor, Victor R. Prybutok
183 - 205

Volume 14, 2011


Daniel A. Peak, Victor R. Prybutok, Yu "Andy" Wu, Chenyan Xu
161 - 181

Volume 13, 2010


T. Grandon Gill
v - vii
1 - 13
121 - 137
Sherry D. Ryan, John C. Windsor, Bashorat Igragimova, Victor R. Prybutok
139 - 164
165 - 175

Volume 12, 2009


1 - 15
FEATURED
37 - 56
Kevin R. Parker, Philip S. Nitse, Siong Meng Albert Tay
105 - 122
147 - 157
159 - 179
181 - 190
191 - 215

Volume 11, 2008


Nitza Geri, Seev Neumann, Rebecca Schocken, Yishai Tobin
1 - 15
Steven Hornik, Carol Stoak Saunders, Yuzhu Li, Patsy D. Moskal, Charles D. Dzuiban
35 - 58
Peter M. Bednar, Christine Welch
85 - 106
107 - 123
Grandon Gill, Eli Cohen
147 - 164
T. Grandon Gill, Terry L. Sincich
197 - 226

Volume 10, 2007


17 - 39
Irit Alony, Greg Whymark, Michael Jones
41 - 59
71 - 89
91 - 106
Bandula Jayatilaka, Heinz K. Klein, Jinyoul Lee
D 237 - 271
D 273 - 295
Hans-Erik Nissen
D 297 - 317

Volume 9, 2006


T. Grandon Gill, Richard C. Hicks
1 - 30
71 - 81
David B. Meinert, Dane K. Peterson, John R. Criswell II, Martin D. Crossland
123 - 142
Cecilia Lanyi Sik, Zoltan Geiszt, Viktor Magyar
163 - 179
213 - 223

Volume 8, 2005


39 - 54
55 - 73
Alex Koohang, Keith Harman
75 - 86
Jan-Oddvar Sørnes, Keri Keilberg Stephens, Larry Davis Browning, Alf Steinar Sætre
123 - 142
189 - 210
John E. Anderson, Kevin S. Barrett, Paul H. Schwager
281 - 302

Volume 7, 2004


Jan-Oddvar Sørnes, Keri Keilberg Stephens, Alf Steinar Sætre , Larry Davis Browning
1 - 30
Laurette Pretorius , Andries Barnard
47 - 66
Deborah Sater Carstens, Pamela R. McCauley-Bell, Linda C. Malone , Ronald F. DeMara
67 - 85
David J. LePoire, John J. Arnish, Timothy R. Klett, Robert L. Johnson, Shih-Yew Chen
117 - 128
129 - 141

Volume 6, 2003


Betsy van Dijk, Rieks op den Akker, Anton Nijholt , Job Zwiers
115 - 125
Charles R. Winer, Thomas W. Pavkov
135 - 141
Wallace J Taylor, Grant X. Zhu, John Dekkers, Stewart Marshall
233 - 246
Fons Wijnhoven, Edwin van den Belt, Eddy Verbruggen, Paul van der Vet
259 - 271

Volume 5, 2002


29 - 41
115 - 123
Beomjin Kim, Philip Johnson, Adam S. Huarng
163 - 173

Volume 4, 2001


Antonio Cartelli, Luisa Miglio, Marco Palma
61 - 66

Volume 3, 2000


49 - 56
Shane Parson, James Hamlett, Paul Robillard
185 - 193
207 - 214

Volume 2, 1999


Omar E. M. Khalil, Diane M. Strong, Beverly K. Kahn, Leo L. Pipino
53 - 59
FEATURED

Volume 1, 1998


23 - 29

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