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Systems studies: exploring views of the concept
2002 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In Sweden today there are many programmes within information systems. The approaches to information systems differ, but they have a common feature, namely systems studies. The Swedish word for systems studies is ‘systemvetenskap’. Systems studies are important because it is useful to have an understanding of systems in general and information systems in particular. The fuzziness of the word system makes the concept ‘systems studies’ difficult to explain. There is a need for a common approach and understanding of the concept, since it is not only an education but also a part of a scientific tradition. The concept ‘systems studies’ in itself does not reveal what it is all about, due to the fact that the word system has different meanings depending on who is talking about it. Our purpose is to explore what is comprehended as systems studies in the context of information systems education and to find out if there is a commonly accepted comprehension to be applied to clarifying systems studies. Our approach has been qualitative with a hermeneutic research ideal. We have conducted interviews with employees that manage the systems studies programmes at Luleå University of Technology. Our empirical result has been analysed and a model of the parts of the concept ‘systems studies’ has emerged. At first the model seems to give the answer to our research. That is, the parts that we have found necessary for explaining the concept ‘systems studies’ are the same at the two divisions. But, our further discussion shows that different streams affect the parts and thus we have found that there is not a commonly accepted comprehension to be applied to clarifying the concept ‘systems studies’.

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Keyword [en]
Social Behaviour Law, systems studies, information systems, systems thinking, informatics, systems theory, Scandinavian tradition
Keyword [sv]
Samhälls-, beteendevetenskap, juridik
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-49285ISRN: LTU-SHU-EX--02/067--SELocal ID: 6a598868-73df-4d98-ba1f-443f0ba2cc4cOAI: diva2:1022632
Subject / course
Student thesis, at least 15 credits
Educational program
Computer and Information Systems Science, master's level
Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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