Loitering with intent: dealing with human-intensive systems

Peter Bednar, Christine Welch

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This paper discusses the professional roles of information systems analysts and users, focusing on a perspective of human intensive, rather than software intensive information systems. The concept of ‘meaningful use’ is discussed in re-lation to measures of success/failure in IS development. The authors consider how a number of different aspects of reductionism may distort analyses, so that processes of inquiry cannot support organizational actors to explore and shape their requirements in relation to meaningful use. Approaches which attempt to simplify complex problem spaces, to render them more susceptible to ‘solution’ are problematized. Alternative perspectives which attempt a systematic, holistic complexification, by supporting contextual dependencies to emerge, are advocated as a way forward
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInterdisciplinary aspects of information systems studies: the Italian Association for Information Systems
EditorsA. D'Atri, M. De Marco, N. Casolino
Place of PublicationHeidelberg
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9783790820096
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • requirements shaping
  • contextual inquiry
  • complex problems


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