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Turning weakness into strength: strategies for future LIS

Nolin, Jan and Åström, Fredrik LU (2010) In Journal of Documentation 66(1). p.7-27
Abstract
Purpose – LIS has been described as a fragmented field in crisis, with an increased competition from other fields; and lacking in development of theories. The purpose of this paper is to articulate a strategy in which the perceived weakness can be seen as a source of strength.

Design/methodology/approach – The text builds mostly on reflections on meta-theoretical and science-organisation literature. Ten distinct problems for the research field are identified and discussed in order to provide a viable strategy for the future.

Findings – While it is common to suggest a convergent movement toward the idealised characteristics of the strong research discipline as a recipe against fragmentation, a strong convergent movement is... (More)
Purpose – LIS has been described as a fragmented field in crisis, with an increased competition from other fields; and lacking in development of theories. The purpose of this paper is to articulate a strategy in which the perceived weakness can be seen as a source of strength.

Design/methodology/approach – The text builds mostly on reflections on meta-theoretical and science-organisation literature. Ten distinct problems for the research field are identified and discussed in order to provide a viable strategy for the future.

Findings – While it is common to suggest a convergent movement toward the idealised characteristics of the strong research discipline as a recipe against fragmentation, a strong convergent movement is suggested that feeds off the fragmented character of the field. What is commonly perceived as a weakness, the multidimensional character of the field, can be translated into a strategic resource.

Originality/value – The paper provides a fresh perspective on the strategic situation of LIS. (Less)
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Information science, Uncertainty management, Research work
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Journal of Documentation
volume
66
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1
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7 - 27
publisher
Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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  • wos:000274648700002
  • scopus:74349100962
ISSN
0022-0418
DOI
10.1108/00220411011016344
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English
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  abstract     = {Purpose – LIS has been described as a fragmented field in crisis, with an increased competition from other fields; and lacking in development of theories. The purpose of this paper is to articulate a strategy in which the perceived weakness can be seen as a source of strength.<br/><br>
Design/methodology/approach – The text builds mostly on reflections on meta-theoretical and science-organisation literature. Ten distinct problems for the research field are identified and discussed in order to provide a viable strategy for the future.<br/><br>
Findings – While it is common to suggest a convergent movement toward the idealised characteristics of the strong research discipline as a recipe against fragmentation, a strong convergent movement is suggested that feeds off the fragmented character of the field. What is commonly perceived as a weakness, the multidimensional character of the field, can be translated into a strategic resource.<br/><br>
Originality/value – The paper provides a fresh perspective on the strategic situation of LIS.},
  author       = {Nolin, Jan and Åström, Fredrik},
  issn         = {0022-0418},
  keyword      = {Information science,Uncertainty management,Research work},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {7--27},
  publisher    = {Emerald Group Publishing Limited},
  series       = {Journal of Documentation},
  title        = {Turning weakness into strength: strategies for future LIS},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/00220411011016344},
  volume       = {66},
  year         = {2010},
}