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Multi-metaphor method: organizational metaphors in information systems development.

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dc.contributor.author Oates, Briony June
dc.contributor.author Fitzgerald, Brian
dc.date.accessioned 2009-01-21T11:22:35Z
dc.date.available 2009-01-21T11:22:35Z
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier.citation Oates, B and Fitzgerald, B (2007) 'Multi-Metaphor Method: Organisational Metaphors in Information Systems Development', Information Systems Journal, Vol 17, No. 4, pp.421-450. en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/94
dc.description peer-reviewed
dc.description.abstract Conventional methods have been criticized for their positivist philosophy and for either ignoring the organizational context of information systems development (ISD) or using only a simplistic, machine-based conceptual model of organizations. We have developed an approach to enable systems developers to use a richer view of organizations and a more interpretive approach. Multi-Metaphor Method (MMM) supports developers via a range of metaphors as cognitive structuring devices to understand an organization so that developers can learn to move between different ways of ‘reading’ the social context in which ISD occurs. We explain the rationale and theoretical underpinnings of MMM and then discuss our action research to investigate the viability and relevance of MMM during ISD practice. We show how the developers’ use of organizational metaphors via MMM did not just enable rich conceptualizations of the client organizations but also influenced the ISD process and final product. We review the learning outcomes and discuss the implications for systems development practice of our research. en
dc.language.iso eng en
dc.publisher Blackwell Publishing Limited en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Information Systems Journal;17(4): pp.421-450
dc.relation.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2575.2007.00266.x
dc.subject cognitive psychology en
dc.subject information systems development en
dc.subject metaphors en
dc.subject methodologies en
dc.subject multi-metaphor method (MMM) en
dc.title Multi-metaphor method: organizational metaphors in information systems development. en
dc.type Article en
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en
dc.type.restriction none en
dc.identifier.local 08SE2014
dc.contributor.sponsor SFI
dc.internal.rssid 1128740
dc.internal.authorcontactother brian.fitzgerald@ul.ie

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