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Information Systems Development as an Activity

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Information systems development (ISD) is analysed in this paper as asystemic work activity, using Activity Analysis and Development (ActAD)as the theoretical framework. ISD is regarded here as the process bywhich some collective work activity is facilitated by newinformation-technological means through analysis, design, implementation,introduction and sustained support, as well as process management. Itis a temporary, boundary-crossing activity which draws its actors,means, rules, etc. from two sides – typically a software companyand the IS user organization. ISD is analysed as a part of a networkof activities, too, around software development and a computer-supporteduse activity. A theoretical framework and a pragmatic checklist arepresented for studying ISD activities. It is argued that the activity-theoretical framework provides a theoretically foundedbut detailed and practicable procedure for studying ISD as a workactivity in context.


Korpela, Mikko; Mursu, Anja; Soriyan, H.A. (37316): Information Systems Development as an Activity. Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW): Vol. 11. DOI: 10.1023/A:1015252806306. Springer. PISSN: 1573-7551. pp. 111-128