Information Systems, Software Engineering, and Systems Thinking: Challenges and Opportunities

Information Systems, Software Engineering, and Systems Thinking: Challenges and Opportunities

Doncho Petkov (Eastern Connecticut State University, USA), Denis Edgar-Nevill (Canterbury Christ Church University, UK), Raymond Madachy (University of Southern California, USA) and Rory O’Connor (Dublin City University, Ireland)
DOI: 10.4018/jitsa.2008010105
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Abstract

This article traces past research on the application of the systems approach to information systems development within the disciplines of information systems and software engineering. Their origins historically are related to a number of areas, including general systems theory. While potential improvement of software development practices is linked by some leading experts to the application of more systemic methods, the current state of the practice in software engineering and information systems development shows this is some way from being achieved. The authors propose possible directions for future research and practical work on bringing together both fields with systems thinking.

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