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Loitering with intent: dealing with human-intensive systems

Bednar, Peter LU and Welch, Christine (2007) ItAIS2007: The 4th Conference of the Italian Chapter of AIS: The Interdisciplinary Aspects of Information Systems Studies In [Host publication title missing] p.1-5
Abstract
This paper discusses the professional roles of information systems analysts and users, focusing on a perspective of human intensive, rather than software intensive information systems. The concept of ‘meaningful use’ is discussed in re-lation to measures of success/failure in IS development. The authors consider how a number of different aspects of reductionism may distort analyses, so that processes of inquiry cannot support organizational actors to explore and shape their requirements in relation to meaningful use. Approaches which attempt to simplify complex problem spaces, to render them more susceptible to ‘solution’ are problematized. Alternative perspectives which attempt a systematic, holistic complexification, by supporting... (More)
This paper discusses the professional roles of information systems analysts and users, focusing on a perspective of human intensive, rather than software intensive information systems. The concept of ‘meaningful use’ is discussed in re-lation to measures of success/failure in IS development. The authors consider how a number of different aspects of reductionism may distort analyses, so that processes of inquiry cannot support organizational actors to explore and shape their requirements in relation to meaningful use. Approaches which attempt to simplify complex problem spaces, to render them more susceptible to ‘solution’ are problematized. Alternative perspectives which attempt a systematic, holistic complexification, by supporting contextual dependencies to emerge, are advocated as a way forward. (Less)
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Human Intensive Systems, Critical Systemic Thinking, Contextual Inquiry, Systems Analysis, Contextual Analysis
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5 pages
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University of Trento, Venice, Italy
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ItAIS2007: The 4th Conference of the Italian Chapter of AIS: The Interdisciplinary Aspects of Information Systems Studies
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English
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  author       = {Bednar, Peter and Welch, Christine},
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  pages        = {1--5},
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  title        = {Loitering with intent: dealing with human-intensive systems},
  year         = {2007},
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