Towards a Pluralist Approach in Design Science: Case Study of an Agricultural DSS

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Title Towards a Pluralist Approach in Design Science: Case Study of an Agricultural DSS
Author Mackrell, Dale Carolyn; Nielsen, Susan Hilary
Publication Title IRIS 32 Molde Norway: Groups and Papers
Editor Judith Molka-Danielsen
Year Published 2009
Place of publication Molde Sweden
Abstract Multiple standpoints on design science exist. In this paper, the authors espouse a pluralist approach to design science, allowing an interpretive view of the human factors to complement the more prescriptive view of the IT artefact. To better comprehend the processes of IT design, development, practice, and incremental improvement, a study of CottonLOGIC, an agricultural decision support system (DSS) for the Australian cotton industry, was reassessed from a design science framework. In the study, the duality of technology, Orlikowski's (1992) adaptation of the social science theory, structuration theory, was used as the overarching perspective to overcome the dichotomy between technology as an objective force and technology as a socially constructed product which the study found to be inextricably linked. The contribution of the paper is to advocate a pluralist approach in design science thus allowing both the immediate situation and the wider context of agricultural institutions and environment to be taken into account in the interpretation of the users' proposals for improvements to the DSS, while not ignoring the functionality of the IT artefact.
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Copyright Statement Copyright remains with the author[s] 2009.The attached file is posted here with permission of the copyright owner[s] for your personal use only. No further distribution permitted. For information about this conference please refer to the publisher's website or contact the author[s].
Conference name IRIS32 MOLDE NORWAY
Location Molde Sweden
Date From 2009-08-09
Date To 2009-08-12
Date Accessioned 2009-07-13
Language en_AU
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Decision Support and Group Support Systems
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1

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