6th International Workshop on Socio-Technical Perspective in IS development (STPIS’20) – now online

via 6th International Workshop on Socio-Technical Perspective in IS development (STPIS’20)


Dear friends and colleagues,

we hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy in these troubled times.

After intense discussions we have decided to move STPIS’2020 online. The submission deadline has been extended till 31st May 2020 as we understand many are facing unexpected challenges at this time – therefore the submission and participation requirements have changed:

[a] You are invited to submit a two-page extended abstract, which will be reviewed for presentation at STPIS.
[b] Full papers need to be submitted by September 15 and will (after review) be published in the workshop proceedings
[c] Authors are required to participate in the online workshop discussions and also to present their paper virtually.
[d] There is NO FEE but Participants are required to register by Friday 5th June, and commit to participate in discussions.

UPDATE: The registration is now open.

We are still working on the actual logistics of the workshop. We will come back to you with further information as soon as possible, and we are looking forward to an inspiring workshop.

Stay safe
STPIS’2020 organizing committee

Importance of socio-technical perspective in research and practice

A socio-technical perspective sees an organization as a combination of 2 components – a social and a technical one. The real pattern of behaviour in the organization is determined by how well these parts fit each other. While analysing system problems of getting things done, adequate consideration should be given to technology as well as informal and formal interactions of people.

Despite that a socio-technical perspective has been around for over a half century, it is often forgotten in the IS discourse today. Consequently, many “new approaches” appear to reflect on IS systems problems, such as modern IT systems poorly adjusted to the external or/and internal environment (e.g. market, organizational culture) of organizations in which they are (to be) deployed. We strongly believe that it is high time the social-technical perspective took its proper place in IS research, practice and teaching.


Mumford, M. (2006). The story of socio-technical design: reflections on its successes, failures and potentialInformation Systems Journal, 16(4), 317–342.

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