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Reading Group November 7 2006

"The experience of system design: a hermeneutic of organizational action" by Richard Boland and Wesley Day. This paper represents a shift away from our recent forays into 'high theory' and a return to theoretical development grounded in the empirical, or in this case the empirical as interviews and reflections from a worker in the field. BOLAND, R. J. & DAY, W. F. (1989) The Experience of System Design: A Hermeneutic of Organizational Action. Scandinavian Journal of Management, 5, 87-104. Abstract: An interpretive description of the experience of being an information system designer is developed through a series of in-depth interviews. The subject is a system analyst responsible for developing a computer system in a small organization. The study is a hermeneutic of organizational action in that it reads the text of the subject's experience and discloses structures of meaning being drawn upon during the system design process. These structures of meaning are discussed along three dimensions; the experience of moving through and being located within the organizational space, the experience of interacting with others during the task of system design and the experience of making moral choices. Contact me for directions on obtaining a copy of the paper, it can be a difficult article to source. We're a little constrained by wanting to read the paper around the time that Dick Boland himself will be in Dublin so we've decided that tuesday 7th at lunch time (12:30pm) is the best fit.

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Nov 07, 2006
from 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM

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The Couches in Quinn

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7164775

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