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Untangling the Web of Practices: Designing Information Systems in Context
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
2017 (English)In: Systems, Signs & Actions, ISSN 1652-8719, E-ISSN 1652-8719, Vol. 10, no 1, p. 1-33Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Practices are intertwined with each other, often in complex and unexpected ways. Therefore, the development of information systems artefacts does not only need to take into account the practices in which the artefacts are to be used, but also related practices. However, identifying and exploring these practices is a non-trivial task, which so far has not received much attention in the literature. Thus, the overall goal of the research presented in this paper is to provide a support for systematically addressing multiple, related practices in information systems design. The solution presented consists of a set of guidelines for context-aware analysis and design based on a classification of practice relationships, distinguishing between interconnected and resembling relationships. The former focus on exchanges of information as well as other resources, and they can be divided into management, asset, and input/output relationships. The latter consider practices that are similar to each other though they may reside in distinct areas or domains. The research presented is an example of design science, and the primary research methodology used is conceptual analysis. In order to preliminarily validate the result of the research, a demonstration has been carried out by applying the guidelines for analyzing an information system for schools.

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2017. Vol. 10, no 1, p. 1-33
Keywords [en]
Information system artefacts, practices, practice relationships, classification of practices, design science, guidelines for analysis and design of IT systems, design context
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Information Systems
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Computer and Systems Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-149570OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-149570DiVA, id: diva2:1162880
Available from: 2017-12-05 Created: 2017-12-05 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved

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