Research Directions on Incorporating Work System Method Ideas in Systems Analysis and Design

Research Directions on Incorporating Work System Method Ideas in Systems Analysis and Design

Ram B. Misra (Montclair State University, USA), Doncho Petkov (Eastern Connecticut State University, USA) and Olga Petkova (Central Connecticut State University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-659-4.ch008
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In this chapter, the authors analyze recent developments linking design science to systems analysis and design research and the growing area of the work system method proposed by Steven Alter. As a result, possible directions in a research agenda related to the incorporation of work system method ideas in systems analysis and design are provided. These follow the conceptual framework for IS research developed in 2004 by Hevner, March, Park and Ram.
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The work system method is one of the two existing theoretical frameworks to support teaching of information systems at present. The other approach to introduce the IS field (used predominantly with MBA students) is the IS Interaction Model which focuses on the relationships between IS, their environment and the organization (see Silver et al. (1995). The Work System Method (Alter, 2006c), however, can be used both for IS teaching and research. That distinguishes it from the Interaction Model and makes it suitable for exploring its role in systems analysis. The work system method is an approach for understanding and analyzing systems in organizations including Information Systems (Alter, 2002). Petkov and Petkova (2008) published the results from a controlled experiment showing that it helped students in an introductory IS course to understand better an IS implementation problem.

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The Work System Method: Provides a rigorous but non-technical approach to any manager or business professional to visualize and analyze systems related problems and opportunities (Alter, 2006a).

Systems Analysis and Design: The approach to the development of information systems that encompasses the first four phases of the systems development cycle (SDLC): Planning, Analysis, Design and Implementation (Harris et al., 2006)

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