Same Business Same System?: A Critique of organization and the information systems process.

Peter Bednar, Gillian Green

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In trying to understand any aspect surrounding the success and failure of information
systems (IS) practice, concepts of organizational analysis become increasingly
important. Many issues arise and must be dealt with when an information system
is to be developed and implemented. In order to avoid information system failures,
information system analysts should adopt an approach that exploits the intrinsic
and contextually dependent characteristics of organizational activities. Such an
exploitation acknowledges the uniqueness inherent in individual organizations and
may inform the adoption of appropriate technologies that can then be innovatively
employed for competitive advantage. In order to facilitate successful future organizational
change practices and to lay the base for supporting overall information
system effectiveness, there is a need to employ both in theory and in practice, ideas of
organizational learning and (critically informed) interpretivist information system
analysis, design and implementation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199-213
JournalJournal of Organisational Transformation and Social Change
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Information Systems, Social aspects


  • critical systems thinking
  • contextual dependency
  • information systems development


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