Contextual dependencies and gender strategy

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Analysts are often asked to help deliver systems that have a great mix of performance and features. Unfortunately, problematic organizational gender related issues have sometimes been degraded and treated as unrelated to technological issues. While information systems development in general is trying to ensure support for businesses, we might in the future expect more than just a gender-ignorant quality measure in the way the IS works to meet organizational demands. In this paper it is proposed that an interpretative and contextual analysis would support ISD in the creation of a necessary level of understanding of each specific business. The intention with an inquiry into contextual dependencies is that it helps to identify some methodological limitations which result in traps unconsciously biasing analysis of investigated problem spaces. This paper introduces a contextual analysis highlighting some contextual dependencies that are typically ignored in existing works or analysis. An initial framework is proposed using gender as an example of an inquiry into some existing contextual dependencies. Information systems analysis, contextual dependency, contextual analysis, gender strategy.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInformation Systems Research
Subtitle of host publicationRelevant Theory and Informed Practice
EditorsBonnie Kaplan, Duane P. TruexIII, David Wastell, Trevor Wood-Harper, Janice I. DeGross
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781402080951
ISBN (Print)1402080948, 9781402080944
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2004
EventIFIP TC8/WG8.2 20th Year Retrospective: Relevant Theory and Informed Practice-Looking Forward from a 20-Year Perspective on IS Research - Manchester, United Kingdom
Duration: 15 Jul 200417 Jul 2004

Publication series

NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
ISSN (Print)1868-4238
ISSN (Electronic)1868-422X


ConferenceIFIP TC8/WG8.2 20th Year Retrospective
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Information systems analysis
  • contextual dependency
  • contextual analysis
  • gender strategy


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