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An empirical investigation of the epistemological assumptions underlying two ISD approaches

V Waller, RB Johnston, SK Milton

Proceedings of the European and Mediterranean Conference on Information Systems, EMCIS 2006 | Published : 2006

Abstract

A situated information systems design (ISD) methodology for supporting routine work is being iteratively developed and refined. Driven from a different theory of action from conventional ISD methodologies we have reason to believe that the new methodology assumes a different epistemological stance. As pointed out by Hirschheim (1995) there has been very little examination of epistemological assumptions implicit in ISD methodologies. Consequently, in this paper we address the differences in epistemological assumptions of the conventional ISD approaches (such as Structured System and Analysis Design Methodologies) and the situated ISD approach by constructing a simulated field situation to all..

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