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PEArL: a systems approach to demonstrating authenticity in information systems design

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posted on 03.09.2015 by Donna Champion, Frank A. Stowell
The process of information systems (IS) design has been dominated by the demands inherent in providing a technical solution to a perceived problem or need. Engineering IS design methods applied in order to satisfy the problem situation tend to have a preoccupation with verifying specifications as being mathemat- ically correct. Difficulties arise when the ideas underpinning verification are extended in an attempt to ‘prove’ the validity of a proposed design for an IS. A pure engineering approach does not facilitate a response to the subjective elements within social situations, which experience has shown to be essential in demonstrating the pertinence of new designs to those concerned. We suggest that, by applying interpretivist systems ideas, it is possible to support concerned individuals in reflecting upon crucial aspects of the inquiry, enabling those individuals to judge the relevance or ‘authenticity’ of the learning, according to their own values and beliefs. The elements of participants, engagement, authority, relationships and learning are suggested as being crucial. These make up the mnemonic PEArL, which is offered as an aide-mémoire for those concerned with IS design.

Funding

The authors wish to acknowledge the funding received from the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Council (EPSRC) through research grant GR/M/02583.

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School

  • Business and Economics

Department

  • Business

Published in

Journal of Information Technology

Volume

16

Issue

(1)

Pages

3 - 12

Citation

CHAMPION, D. and STOWELL, F.A., 2001. PEArL: a systems approach to demonstrating authenticity in information systems design. Journal of Information Technology, 16 (1), pp. 3 - 12.

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© Palgrave Macmillan

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2001

Notes

This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Journal of Information Technology. The definitive publisher-authenticated version CHAMPION, D. and STOWELL, F.A., 2001. PEArL: a systems approach to demonstrating authenticity in information systems design. Journal of Information Technology, 16 (1), pp. 3 - 12 is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02683960010028438

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0268-3962

Language

en

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