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Individual Emergence in Contextual Analysis

Publiceringsår: 2007
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 23-38
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Systemica
Volym: 14
Nummer: 1-6
Dokumenttyp: Artikel i tidskrift
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

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