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Title: Reporting some marginal discourses to root a de-design approach in IS development
Authors: Cabitza, Federico
Locoro, Angela
Ravarini, Aurelio
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Springer
Bibliographic citation: Cabitza Federico, Locoro Angela, Ravarini Aurelio (2020), Reporting some marginal discourses to root a de-design approach in IS development. In: Lazazzara Alessandra, Ricciardi Francesca, Za Stefano, ed., Exploring digital ecosystems: organizational and human challenges. (Lecture notes in information systems and organisation, 33). Cham: Springer, p. 273-288. Published electronically 31 July 2019. ISBN 978-3-030-23664-9. E-ISBN 978-3-030-23665-6. DOI 10.1007/978-3-030-23665-6_20.
Abstract: In this work, we challenge the concept of design in the development of information systems. Information systems are usually considered to be so complex systems that they simply cannot be developed outside of a specific activity of planning. However, in the specialized literature, some voices have also been raised saying that it is this situated and contingent complexity that always prevents information systems from having been really effectively designed. These voices have so far criticized the formal and methodical approaches in IS design, and not design itself, thus exonerating the role of the modernist designer from the current rate of failure and user dissatisfaction in IT projects. The current idea of designer has reinforced over time a divide between modeling and practicing, design and use, and the hegemony of the planning mind over that of the performer. The current convergence of networked application paradigms and the Web 2.0 infrastructure has led to agile methods, open design concepts and on the idea of a prosuming user. This paper outlines some discourses in IS research that could challenge the more traditional ones in current IT design, and argues about the importance to revamp some of the most important socio-technical principles for maintaining a critical gaze on positivistic and automation stances, mitigating the effects of the modernist over-design attitude, and make IS development more sustainable.
Journal/Book: Exploring digital ecosystems: organizational and human challenges
ISBN: 978-3-030-23664-9
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