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Awards - The Stafford Beer Medal

This award is named in memory of Stafford Beer, a world leader in the development of systems ideas, especially management cybernetics, and President of the OR Society 1970-71.

The Stafford Beer Medal is awarded in recognition of the most outstanding contribution to the philosophy, theory or practice of Information Systems published in the European Journal of Information Systems (EJIS) within the relevant year.

Stafford Beer Medal 2016

Anastasia Utesheva, University of New South Wales, Australia Jason R Simpson, University of Canberra, Australia

Identity metamorphoses in digital disruption: a relational theory of identity
European Journal of Information Systems, 25 344-363

This paper takes as its case study material the disruptive impact of Information Technology digital technology on a newspaper company. IT has hugely changed the processes of news gathering, collation and dissemination. The old certainties of “print” have changed from deadlines to rolling publication and re-publication. In today’s world, where the political domain is challenging the role of the media in the dissemination of information, this study is of great relevance. The authors focus their study on IT’s impact on Identity. This encompasses the identity of the medium itself, that of the actors involved, and the relationships between them.

The paper was chosen for its chosen academic lens and approach, its topicality, relevance to both practitioners and to academics alike and finally its style and readability. For these reasons we commend the paper to the IS community and we congratulate the authors on being selected for the award.