CONISAR Proceeding 2013

San Antonio, TX

Conference Highlights


Abstracts Chair

Mike Smith

Ordered by presentation time

Some Comparisons between SSM and the Activity Analysis and
Development (ActAD) framework applied to IS development

Olga Petkova
Central Connecticut State University

Doncho Petkov
Eastern Connecticut State University

Saturday - 11/9 - Executive Salon at 3:15 pm

Among the systemic approaches applicable in IS development, a major role is played by Checkland’s Soft Systems Methodology (Checkland, 1999; Checkland and Winter, 2006; Mingers, 1995, Mingers and White, 2010). Over the past 20 years another type of socio-technical systems thinking based on Vygodsky’s activity theory applied to IS development emerged in Scandinavia including the work of M. Korpela and his group in Finland under the name Activity Analysis and Development (ActAD) framework (Korpela et al., 2004, Mursu et al. 2007). The latter is slowly being enhanced through several research projects in the last decade but there has been no attempt at comparing it with other socio-technical approaches. The goal of this presentation is to analyse whether certain earlier criticisms of SSM apply to the activity driven approaches to IS development promoted by that group with the hope that certain comparisons may lead to better understanding of ActAD.