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What’s in a face? Making sense of tangible information systems in terms of Peircean semiotics

Beynon-Davies, Paul 2018. What’s in a face? Making sense of tangible information systems in terms of Peircean semiotics. European Journal of Information Systems 27 , pp. 295-314. 10.1080/0960085X.2018.1435233

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Within this paper, we utilise a delimited area of philosophy to help make sense of a delimited area of design science as it pertains to a class of contemporary information systems. The philosophy is taken from that of Charles Sanders Peirce; the design science is directed at the construction of visual devices in that area known as visual management. The utilisation of such devices within their wider visual management systems we take to be instances of what we refer to as tangible information systems. Tangible information systems use tangible artefacts, such as whiteboards and magnetic tokens, to accomplish information. We particularly use Peircean semiotics to analyse the use of tangible emoticons articulated upon performance boards within a large-scale manufacturing facility. We infer from our analysis of these informative artefacts that certain integrated aspects of Peircean philosophy offers an alternative way of framing notions of a proper design science, design theory and design artefact for the discipline of information systems.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISSN: 0960-085X
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 2 February 2018
Date of Acceptance: 29 January 2018
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2019 15:47

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