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Designing information systems requirements in context: insights from the theory of deferred action

Designing information systems requirements in context: insights from the theory of deferred action We address designing information systems as complex adaptive systems. The deferred design model of information systems capable of representing knowable and unknowable information requirements typical of complex adaptive systems is developed. Drawing on complexity theory, we argue that emergence is the cause of unpredictability and therefore unknowable information requirements. The theory of deferred action is invoked to explain the effect of emergence on information requirements and applied to model emergence for systems design. The insights proposed are believed to assist designers in developing functional and relevant approaches within dynamic organisational contexts. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Business Information Systems Inderscience Publishers

Designing information systems requirements in context: insights from the theory of deferred action

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Inderscience Publishers
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Copyright © Inderscience Enterprises Ltd. All rights reserved
ISSN
1746-0972
eISSN
1746-0980
DOI
10.1504/IJBIS.2010.034004
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Abstract

We address designing information systems as complex adaptive systems. The deferred design model of information systems capable of representing knowable and unknowable information requirements typical of complex adaptive systems is developed. Drawing on complexity theory, we argue that emergence is the cause of unpredictability and therefore unknowable information requirements. The theory of deferred action is invoked to explain the effect of emergence on information requirements and applied to model emergence for systems design. The insights proposed are believed to assist designers in developing functional and relevant approaches within dynamic organisational contexts.

Journal

International Journal of Business Information SystemsInderscience Publishers

Published: Jan 1, 2010

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