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Calls for Papers (special): International Journal of Information Technologies and Systems Approach (IJITSA)


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Guest Editors
Don Petkov, Eastern Connecticut State University, USA
George Schell, University of North Carolina, Wilmington, USA
Theo Andrew, Durban University of Technology, South Africa

The importance of Systems Analysis and Design (SA&D) for any program of study in information systems and to the field of Information Technology (IT) development is well summarized by Harris et al. (2006, p. 242). The re-emerging interest in SA&D a few years ago (see Parsons et al., (2005)) was evolving in parallel with a renewed interest in the applicability of systems thinking to Information Systems as a discipline (see Mora et al., 2007, Petkov et al., 2008). A number of relevant papers on the application of systemic approaches to Information Systems development were published over the last seven years in the International Journal on Information Technologies and the Systems Approach (IJITSA). The body of knowledge in Soft Systems Methodology has reached a stage of maturity that allows reflections on how it is applied in practice (see Checkland & Winter (2006) for general insights on SSM and Rose & Saifullah (2012) for a recent case study of its application to IS development). The Work System Theory by Steven Alter, a systemic methodology specifically developed to bridge the gap in the language of IT practitioners and the clients, has also been the subject of increasing research (see Alter (2013), Petkov et al. (2012)). We seek to identify the state of research on applying or teaching systemic approaches to systems analysis and design in the last several years and hence this special issue call for papers.

The objective of the special issue is to disseminate high quality research that links systemic approaches and systems analysis and design and shows how that can be practiced in IT projects or how such ideas can be taught to IT students at undergraduate or postgraduate level.

Recommended Topics
  • Combining systemic thinking and agile software development
  • Combining systemic thinking and object oriented analysis
  • Management of software development, action research and systems thinking
  • Using systemic action research for studying the effectiveness of object oriented modeling
  • Using systemic approaches to decide on development methods enabling balance between discipline and agility in software development (as advocated by Boehm &Turner, 2004)
  • Systems approaches applied to the management of IT outsourcing
  • Systemic approaches, systems analysis and design science research in IS
  • Systems Analysis and Design in the curriculum
  • System Analysis and Design methods and Process Models and Standards (ISO 12207, ISO 29110, CMMI, among others)
  • System Dynamics Models for supporting System Analysis and Design
  • Systemic thinking and software requirements analysis
  • Soft Systems Methodology and action research applied to IS development
  • Teaching systems approaches to IT students and practitioners
  • Work System Theory and its applications

  • Submission Procedure
    Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit papers for this special theme issue on SYSTEMS ANALYSIS AND SYSTEMIC THINKING – RESEARCH AND TEACHING ISSUES on or before April 30th, 2015. All submissions must be original and may not be under review by another publication. INTERESTED AUTHORS SHOULD CONSULT THE GUIDELINES FOR MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSIONS at All submitted papers will be reviewed on a double-blind, peer review basis. Papers must follow APA style for reference citations. All manuscript submissions to IJITSA should be sent through the online submission system:

    All submissions and inquiries should be directed to the attention of:
    Don Petkov Guest Co-Editor International Journal of Information Technologies and Systems Approach (IJITSA) E-mail:;