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    • Book Series Perspectives on Information Management The book series Perspectives on Information Management is dedicated to creating and disseminating academic knowledge on information management that opens new ave- nues for academic research and is relevant to practitioners in the field.1 Our central mission is to enhance the profession of information management by advancing scholarship and by enriching the professional development of our audience in a way that is relevant and makes valuable contribution to society and its institutions. The book series provides a high-quality international forum for researchers, practitioners and policy makers to exchange ideas on information management. The series is motivated by developments in the field of information management. Information management nowadays is focussed on the management of information instead of the management of ICT2 or the management of the business–ICT rela- tionship.3 As information is primarily a social construct and subject to interpreta- tion, information management is about the construction of meaning for the organization and, derivatively, the construction of the organization’s meaning for its environment. Information management deals with the identity of organizations.4 Information management is about organizing information and communication processes and media around the construction of meaning for the organization and its environment and around identity development of organizations and organizational members. Information management is about decisions connecting organizational structures and technological infrastructures to facilitate such processes. Information governance and superior information use are more important than increasingly sophisticated data production. Understanding organizational ambiguity has become more important than understanding technical complexity. In our vision information management is a discipline not necessarily executed in a separate organizational function or profession; it is the aspect of general management where information is 1 Like (Chief)Information Officers (CIOs), Information Managers, policy makers and general managers who work for information-intensive organizations in which the management of information has become core business as for instance in the financial service industry, the travel industry, government or the health care industry. 2 Over the last two decades information management was completely absorbed by ICT management and hence non-existent. The CIO, if in function, was more a Chief Technology Officer (CTO), responsible for ICT and, derivatively, for its link with business departments. 3 In the sense of a liaison function to bridge gaps between business departments and ICT suppliers/ departments. 4 Maes, R. (2004). Information management reconstructed, PrimaVera Working Paper 2004–19, Univer- siteit van Amsterdam.
    • xii Information Management consciously and knowledgeably dealt with. Information management is not restricted to intra-organizational issues: information management questions are also about supply chains, networks of organizations, networks of professionals, social networks, and societies at large. Hence, advancement of the information management field asks for multiple perspectives; we therefore encourage contributions from multiple disciplines and industries and welcome inter-disciplinary work. Besides this vision on developments in the information management discipline, the book series is further motivated by a vision on the relationship between academic research and practice. In recent years there has been a debate in the academic lit- erature on the topic ‘rigor versus relevance’.5 It is our intention to be rigorously relevant by emphasizing relevance in our choice for themes and topics to be included into the book series. As research in the field matures, there is an increasing need to carry its results into practice and to align research with practice. We do so by choosing topics in which enduring organizational problems and timely business is- sues are addressed.6 The book series further contributes to linking research with practice and policy by targeting a mixed audience of people working at universities, research institutes, governments and the private sector. The series focuses on rel- evance by providing incentives to apply research methods that make sense to prac- titioners, to produce policy research and to write papers that are consumable for practitioners7; and by welcoming thoughtful practitioner reflections on action8 and case studies. 5 This debate evolves around the idea that research in our field is in crisis because academics are unable to target the practitioners audience due to an overemphasis on quantitative rigor, irrelevant topics, unread- able papers and long lead-times for publication, as stressed in: Robey, D., & Markus, M. L. (1998). Beyond rigor and relevance: Producing consumable research about information systems. Information Resources Management Journal, 11 (1), 7–15. 6 As has been suggested in: Benbasat, I., & Zmud, R. W. (1999). Empirical Research in Information Systems: The Practice of Relevance. MIS Quarterly, 23(1), 3–16. 7 As has been suggested in: Robey, D., & Markus, M. L. (1998). Beyond rigor and relevance: Producing consumable research about information systems. Information Resources Management Journal 11(1), 7–15. 8 Meant as in: Schon, D. A. (1983). The reflective practitioner. How professionals think in action. New ¨ York: Basic Books.