Individual Emergence in Contextual Analysis
- Gerard deZeeuw
- Martha Vahl
- E Mennuti
Förlag: Dutch Systems Group / Lincoln Research Centre
Located within the tradition of Hermeneutic Dialectics (HD) this paper offers an approach which can further an analysis of a fit between information and organizational systems. Drawn upon Information Systems Development projects a relationship between theory and practice is aided through a multi-disciplinary approach to sense making activity. Using a contemporary version of contextual analysis to understand a way in which individuals construct adapt and create meaning from their environment offers a route to improve a systems analysis process. This type of enquiry into contextual dependencies of knowledge creation can help direct a development of systems that have the intention to serve specific organizational actors and their needs. Combining methods outside of a traditional polar divide, sense making research undertaken within a systems thinking arena can enrich understanding by complementing qualitative and / or quantitative analysis with reflective depth. Drawing together interdisciplinary strands through a critical systems thinking approach offers new levels of professionalism for computer- and management-, practitioners or researchers in the 21st Century.
- Information Systems, Social aspects
- Contextual Dependencies
- Sense making
- Systems Thinking
- Contextual Analysis
- Contextual Inquiry
- Strategic Systemic Thinking
- Critically Informed Systems Analysis.
- ISSN: 0167-9961