Romancing the stone: play between romance and affection

Bednar, P. and Mallalieu, G. (2001) Romancing the stone: play between romance and affection. In: The 17th European Group for Organizational Studies Colloquium, The Odyssey of Organizing: Knowing as Desire, 5 - 7 July 2001. (Unpublished)

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Despite many years of implementations, issues surrounding the success or failure of information systems are still shrouded in mystery. In a quest to improve business outcomes from such systems an IS analyst should have a key role to play. Organisational IS can be seen as a composition of indi-vidual and organisational learning processes, and as such is in a constant state of change. Knowledge as an individual sense-making process is a shifting sand of lessons learnt, experiential practices, active reflection and is therefore historically unique. Even when the balance of individual competencies, skills and attributes would seem to have been sufficient for the task at hand failure can still result from the combination of factors within that particular project. Organisational sense-making activities suffer from irrationalities of action, skilled incompetences and a plethora of organisational defence mechanisms. Within the information systems field, contextual analysis is an initiative focused on addressing issues of organ-isational information systems. Such systems are 'community' initiated, where system development or change activity is mentored by the analyst through the developmental mechanism of continual learning and communication.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
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Uncontrolled Keywords: information systems, organisational learning, contextual dependencies, sense-making, systems thinking
Divisions: Business, Accountancy and Law > Business Management
Depositing User: Scott Wilson
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2013 12:52
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2014 14:19

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