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Method diffusion as a social movement

Beynon-Davies, Paul and Williams, M. D. 2001. Method diffusion as a social movement. Presented at: IFIP TC8/WG8.2 Working Conference on Realigning Research and Practice in Information Systems Development, Boise, ID, USA, 27-29 June 2001. Published in: Russo, Nancy L., Fitzgerald, Brian and DeGross, Janice I. eds. Realigning Research and Practice in Information Systems Development: the Social and Organizational Perspective. International Federation for Information Processing , vol. 66. Dordrecht: Kluwer, pp. 257-271. 10.1007/978-0-387-35489-7_18

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This paper describes an investigation into the diffusion of information systems development methods (ISDMs). We portray method diffusion as an instance of technological diffusion. Technological diffusion is normally portrayed within the IS industry as an overtly rational process. In this paper, we postulate that the external diffusion process of ISDMs has many features in common with broader social movements and test a model of knowledge-based diffusion. We use the case of the recent history of the dynamic systems development method (DSDM), a public domain standard methodology for rapid application development (RAD), to illustrate some of the key features of method diffusion processes within a UK context.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Publisher: Kluwer
ISBN: 9780792374206
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 05:45

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