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Case study of user participation in the information systems development process

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dc.contributor.author Butler, Tom
dc.contributor.author Fitzgerald, Brian
dc.date.accessioned 2013-08-15T15:27:37Z
dc.date.available 2013-08-15T15:27:37Z
dc.date.issued 1997
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/3330
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract There are many in the information systems discipline who believe that user participation is necessary for successful systems development. However, it has been suggested that this belief is neither grounded in theory nor substantiated by research data. This may indicate that researchers have not addressed fully the underlying complexity of the concept. If so, this is indicative of a deficiency in understanding user participation in information systems development as it occurs in organizations. In order to enhance the extant understanding of participative information systems development, the present study adopts a qualitative, case-based approach to research so as to provide an in-depth description of the complex social nature of the phenomenon as manifested in one organization. The results of the study illustrate that a high degree of direct and indirect user participation did not guarantee the successful implementation and use of information systems in the organization studied. Such participatory development practices did, however, result in the development of systems that adequately captured user requirements and hence satisfied user informational needs. It was clear that despite the perceived negative impact, which the new systems would have on user work-related roles and activities, the existence of an organization-wide participative policy, and associated participative structures, coupled with a favorable organization culture, generated a participatory development climate that was conducive to the successful development of information systems, while not guaranteeing it. That said, the central conclusion of this study was that user dissatisfaction with developed systems centered on the poor management of change in the organization. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Association for Computing Machinery en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Proceedings of the 18th Annual Conference on Information Systems, (ICIS1997);pp. 411-426
dc.relation.uri http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=353200
dc.rights "© ACM, 1997. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here by permission of ACM for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in ICIS '97 Proceedings of the eighteenth international conference on Information systems, pp. 411-426,http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=353200 en_US
dc.subject user participation en_US
dc.subject user involvement en_US
dc.subject user participation en_US
dc.subject participative policies en_US
dc.title Case study of user participation in the information systems development process en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/conferenceObject en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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