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A study of appropriateness of information system development approach in preliminary investigation phase
2002 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

With the existence of over a 1000 different Information System Development Methodologies (ISDM). Given the effort directed to development of ISDMs one would expect a lively discussion on how to select methodologies in practice and how to catalogue them as a perquisite to study the merits of various features and identify the most useful ones per project situation. However neither seems the case. One serious deficiency in Information Systems management is the lack of recognition that different projects require different managerial approaches. Although, there are enormous methodologies/design approaches in academic world and business world usually they can be grouped based on certain common characteristics. This research examines the relationship between information systems development methods and the characteristics of the domain in which they are used and the organizational policy regarding development approach adoption and adaptation per project. The fundamental theme in this research is based on a simple question of “how developer makes an informed choice for the selection of preferred Information System Development Approach (ISDA) by considering project characteristics?” The main proposition in this research is: cognition of complexity, uncertainty and formality of the work context will narrow down the choices to groups of approaches based on their two important characteristics namely mode of operation and means of expression. To examine and answer the research questions, a large-scale online survey was carried out targeted at companies with direct systems development exposure. Utilizing the theory and data retrieved from the survey, findings of the research is that adoption of information systems development approach based on project characteristics has a higher success rate compared to those not adopted in regards to project characteristics. The other finding is that cognition of project degree of complexity and uncertainty is necessary but not sufficient for making the adoption choice. In other words: non-project factors such as management of the approach and the risk associated with the approach should be taken into consideration in addition to the project characteristics for that matter.

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Keyword [en]
Social Behaviour Law, information systems, marketing
Keyword [sv]
Samhälls-, beteendevetenskap, juridik
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-55284ISRN: LTU-SHU-EX--02/026--SELocal ID: c29f0ed5-0652-4f1b-8b6d-df42740129b5OAI: diva2:1028666
Subject / course
Student thesis, at least 15 credits
Educational program
Business Administration, master's level
Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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