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Romancing the Stone: play between romance and affection

Bednar, Peter LU and Mallalieu, Gillian (2001) 17th EGOS Colloquium, 2001 In [Host publication title missing] p.1-9
Abstract
Despite many years of implementations, issues surrounding the success or failure of information systems are still shrouded in mystery. In a quest to improve business outcomes from such systems an IS analyst should have a key role to play. Organisational IS can be seen as a composition of indi-vidual and organisational learning processes, and as such is in a constant state of change. Knowledge as an individual sense-making process is a shifting sand of lessons learnt, experiential practices, active reflection and is therefore historically unique. Even when the balance of individual competencies, skills and attributes would seem to have been sufficient for the task at hand failure can still result from the combination of factors within that... (More)
Despite many years of implementations, issues surrounding the success or failure of information systems are still shrouded in mystery. In a quest to improve business outcomes from such systems an IS analyst should have a key role to play. Organisational IS can be seen as a composition of indi-vidual and organisational learning processes, and as such is in a constant state of change. Knowledge as an individual sense-making process is a shifting sand of lessons learnt, experiential practices, active reflection and is therefore historically unique. Even when the balance of individual competencies, skills and attributes would seem to have been sufficient for the task at hand failure can still result from the combination of factors within that particular project. Organisational sense-making activities suffer from irrationalities of action, skilled incompetence’s and a plethora of organisational defence mechanisms. Within the information systems field, contextual analysis is an initiative focused on addressing issues of organ-isational information systems. Such systems are 'community' initiated, where system development or change activity is mentored by the analyst through the developmental mechanism of continual learning and communication. (Less)
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contextual dependencies, organisational learning, information systems, sense-making, systems thinking
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Gherardi, Silvia and
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17th EGOS Colloquium, 2001
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  abstract     = {Despite many years of implementations, issues surrounding the success or failure of information systems are still shrouded in mystery. In a quest to improve business outcomes from such systems an IS analyst should have a key role to play. Organisational IS can be seen as a composition of indi-vidual and organisational learning processes, and as such is in a constant state of change. Knowledge as an individual sense-making process is a shifting sand of lessons learnt, experiential practices, active reflection and is therefore historically unique. Even when the balance of individual competencies, skills and attributes would seem to have been sufficient for the task at hand failure can still result from the combination of factors within that particular project. Organisational sense-making activities suffer from irrationalities of action, skilled incompetence’s and a plethora of organisational defence mechanisms. Within the information systems field, contextual analysis is an initiative focused on addressing issues of organ-isational information systems. Such systems are 'community' initiated, where system development or change activity is mentored by the analyst through the developmental mechanism of continual learning and communication.},
  author       = {Bednar, Peter and Mallalieu, Gillian},
  booktitle    = {[Host publication title missing]},
  editor       = {Gherardi, Silvia},
  keyword      = {contextual dependencies,organisational learning,information systems,sense-making,systems thinking},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {1--9},
  publisher    = {EGOS / University of Lyon},
  title        = {Romancing the Stone: play between romance and affection},
  year         = {2001},
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