Richter, Janek ORCID: 0000-0003-3189-9357 and Basten, Dirk (2014). Applications of the Viable Systems Model in IS Research -- A Comprehensive Overview and Analysis. In: 47th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 2014) : Waikoloa, Hawaii, USA, 6 - 9 January 2014; [proceedings], pp. 4589-4598. Piscataway, NJ: IEEE. ISBN 9781479925056

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The interwovenness of information technology and organizational structures suggests an understanding of organizations as systems of high complexity. The Viable Systems model (VSM), grounded on cybernetic principles, is a popular approach enabling researchers to assess the complexity of organizations heavily relying on information systems (IS). Although IS scholars have increasingly applied the VSM in recent years, the different studies lack a common ground in terms of a systematic approach. By conducting a concept-driven systematic literature review, we investigate the state of the art of IS research applying VSM in a realworld setting. We analyze and systematically compare the identified studies to direct future research on applications of the VSM. We identify a set of VSM specific benefits. While the VSM provides an innovative perspective to common IS topics, its application mostly lacks a rigorous evaluation and fails to exhaustively derive the identified benefits.

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URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-97414
DOI: 10.1109/HICSS.2014.565
Title of Book: 47th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 2014) : Waikoloa, Hawaii, USA, 6 - 9 January 2014; [proceedings]
Volume: Vol. 6
Page Range: pp. 4589-4598
Date: 6 January 2014
Publisher: IEEE
Place of Publication: Piscataway, NJ
ISBN: 9781479925056
Language: English
Faculty: Faculty of Management, Economy and Social Sciences
Divisions: Weitere Institute, Arbeits- und Forschungsgruppen > Cologne Institute for Information Systems (CIIS)
Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences > Business Administration > Information Systems > Chair for Information Systems and Systems Development
Subjects: Data processing Computer science
Refereed: Yes


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