Informing Research: Engaging with Futures

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    Phygitar - Envisioning the Rhythmic Phygital Ecosystem in 2050
    ( 2023-01-03) Rydén, Pernille ; El Sawy, Omar
    This paper takes us to a possible future world called Phygitar - a rhythmic phygital ecosystem in 2050 where the co-existence of people, technology, and nature flow in rhythmic synthesis, and where digital and physical are seamlessly fused. Using the approaches of futures-studies, this envisioning is done to better understand concepts from 2050 and see how we can engage with and use those effectively in 2023 for IS theory development and management practice. We use the 2009 movie “Avatar” by James Cameron as the playground of our imagination. We apply illustrative elements to depict some key characteristics and concepts from of this rhythmic phygital ecosystem and show some ways of navigating through it. We hope this will trigger the imagination of scholars of what might be out there in the next generation of post-digital IS theories rather than being rooted in the mindset of what is or what has been.
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    Why Future Studies Provides a Critical Opportunity for the IS Discipline
    ( 2023-01-03) Niederman, Fred
    This paper argues that the Futures Studies research approach is of interest and importance to the IS discipline and community. It elaborates on aspects of empirical IS that need reconceptualization to accommodate the unique aspects of studying the future and how these might be incorporated into the MIS canon.
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    Introduction to the Minitrack on Informing Research: Engaging with Futures
    ( 2023-01-03) Hovorka, Dirk ; Mueller, Benjamin
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    Mind the Future Gap: Introducing the FOD Framework for Future-Oriented Design
    ( 2023-01-03) Thoring, Katja ; Mueller, Roland M. ; Klöckner, Hermann W.
    There are many uncertainties and ambiguities in the design of future-oriented artifacts. Societal and environmental developments are unclear; technologies not ready; target users not accessible. Nevertheless, designing future-oriented artifacts provides opportunities to either create radical innovations that present a competitive advantage, or to engage with relevant stakeholders in a speculative way. This paper provides a framework for developing, discussing, and evaluating future-oriented artifacts, which was developed based on literature and conceptual theorizing. It consists of a process model and a morphological box, outlining eight categories of relevance along with several options to choose from. Subsequently, we applied the framework to an existing future design project to illustrate its applicability. The framework spans the space of possible design and evaluation approaches and, hence, provides a guiding schema for researchers and practitioners to discuss the potentials and implications of design concepts for future-oriented artifacts.