Exploring the assumptions underlying information systems methodologies

Nancy L. Russo (Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, USA, and Executive Systems Research Centre, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland)
Erik Stolterman (Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden)

Information Technology & People

ISSN: 0959-3845

Publication date: 1 December 2000


Assumptions about an object under study can influence research in many ways. These preconceptions color the researcher’s perspective, and influence the research purpose, the research questions addressed, and the research methods used. This paper identifies and analyzes the following assumptions regarding information systems methodology (ISM) research: the positive impact of methodologies on the process and product of information system design; the irrationality of design practice; the existence of knowledge about good design practice; the ability to communicate design knowledge to practicing designers; and the ability to change the rationality of design practitioners. The impact of these assumptions on ISM research is examined for the purpose of highlighting limitations of past research and identifying more promising directions for the future.



Russo, N. and Stolterman, E. (2000), "Exploring the assumptions underlying information systems methodologies", Information Technology & People, Vol. 13 No. 4, pp. 313-327. https://doi.org/10.1108/09593840010359509

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