Applying Critical Scandinavian ISD research principles in an African Context: Opportunities and Challenges

Shegaw Anagaw Mengiste, Gitte Tjørnehøj

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Abstrakt

IT-driven organizational changes through information systems development and implementation (ISD&I) is highly challenging because of high complexity and many stakeholders and even more so in developing countries, where the failure rates are higher than elsewhere. Unfortunately, since these countries have a vast need for the technology to develop their economies and living standards. We investigate opportunities of applying Scandinavian principles for ISD&I in the context of Africa, through analyzing and comparing two action research projects that have applied two classic approaches; The Trade Unionist (TU) and the Activity Theory approach. We focus specifically on the principles of participation, empowerment, and evolutionary design and discuss how they can help mitigate the challenges, create opportunities and exploit possibilities of ISD&I in this context. Based on this we argue how and why we think the Scandinavian approaches to ISD&I can be useful for the African context and in developing countries in general.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelProceedings : IRIS36: August 11-14 2013 at Gran, Norway
Antal sider21
ForlagDepartment of Informatics, University of Oslo
Publikationsdatoaug. 2013
Sider1-21
StatusUdgivet - aug. 2013
BegivenhedThe 36th Information Systems Research Conference in Scandinavia (IRIS 36): Digital living - Oslo, Norge
Varighed: 11 aug. 201314 aug. 2013

Konference

KonferenceThe 36th Information Systems Research Conference in Scandinavia (IRIS 36)
LandNorge
ByOslo
Periode11/08/201314/08/2013
NavnProceedings / Information Systems Research In Scandinavia (IRIS)
ISSNx000-0036

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  • Citationsformater

    Mengiste, S. A., & Tjørnehøj, G. (2013). Applying Critical Scandinavian ISD research principles in an African Context: Opportunities and Challenges. I Proceedings : IRIS36: August 11-14 2013 at Gran, Norway (s. 1-21). Department of Informatics, University of Oslo. Proceedings / Information Systems Research In Scandinavia (IRIS) http://www.mn.uio.no/ifi/english/research/news-and-events/events/conferences-and-seminars/iris2013/groups/iris36_submission_44.pdf