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Title: PEArL: a systems approach to demonstrating authenticity in information systems design
Authors: Champion, Donna
Stowell, Frank A.
Issue Date: 2001
Publisher: © Palgrave Macmillan
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.
Abstract: 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.
Description: 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
Sponsor: The authors wish to acknowledge the funding received from the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Council (EPSRC) through research grant GR/M/02583.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1080/02683960010028438
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/18608
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02683960010028438
ISSN: 0268-3962
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