Information Systems Development: Understanding User Participation as a Social Network

Information Systems Development: Understanding User Participation as a Social Network

Angela Mattia (Virginia Commonwealth University, USA) and Heinz Roland Weistroffer (Virginia Commonwealth University, USA)
Copyright: © 2010 |Pages: 10
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-984-7.ch036
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Abstract

Conventional wisdom has it that user participation in information systems development (ISD) is essential for systems success. Though the significance of user participation to systems success has been much discussed in the literature, results from empirical studies are inconsistent and suggest, that perhaps new avenues need to be explored. One approach may be viewing user participation as a social network that is, looking at the emergence of social structures and their technological expressions during the user participation process. In this chapter, a framework is presented that organizes user participation approaches that emerge from the different worldviews existing within organizations. This user participation approach (UPA) framework is used as the structure for the systematic arrangement of user participation approaches into a fourfold taxonomy based on extrinsic information attributed to them in the literature. In addition, a categorical analysis and social network analysis (SNA) are used to map and visualize the relationships between analyst and users, thus providing a conceptual and visual representation of the relational structures.

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