Inlämning av Examensarbete / Submission of Thesis

Borislav Maric , pp. 50. COM/School of Computing, 2012.

The work

Författare / Author: Borislav Maric
Titel / Title: Enhanced Four Paradigms of Information Systems Development in Network Societies
Abstrakt Abstract:

The main aim of this research is to relate the theory of ISD discussed in Hirschheim’s and Klein’s article ”Four Paradigms of Information Systems Development” (ISD) to Churchman’s theory of ISD discussed in his book ”The Design of Inquiring Systems”. It has been important to relate those two assumptions of ISD in order to enhance both of them and to get a more explicit understanding of ISD. The main hypothesis in this research has been that it is possible to relate them to each other and to clarify and enhance them since they are both based on philosophical assumptions of knowledge generation i.e. epistemology. Epistemological and ontological aspects of knowledge
generation and nature of societies are very important for
understanding of IS since knowledge transfer is more and more common because of ICT development. The synthesis of those two well-known approaches to ISD is the main contribution of this research master thesis. The other contributions are the solution for double-loop learning through multi-agent system development and the solution for developing sustainable network societies through peer-to-peer networking combined with centralised networking functioning as a library. I also have given an explicit explanation of the differences
between monism (holism) and pluralism, in this case regarding to Leibniz’s and Locke’s philosophical views. Singerian epistemology has been generated from his explanation of insufficiency of either rationalist or interpretative approaches for explanation of natural laws
and this is also one of my contributions in this research. I also recommended a complementary use of the rationalist, empirical and interpretative research methodologies for research in theoretical, experimental, applied and social science fields. It has been also examined which methodologies are predominating at universities offering degrees in social informatics and it has appeared that on the most of universities offering degree in social informatics, proper research methodologies for studying societies are used what had been expected.

Ämnesord / Subject: Datavetenskap - Computer Science\Informatics

Nyckelord / Keywords: knowledge transfer, shared meaning, culture, organisational culture, teleological, pear-to-pear networking, triangulation, imaginization, organisational learning, network societies, epistemology, Singerian epistemology, complementarism, complementary science research methodology

Publication info

Dokument id / Document id: houn-8zzkqj
Program:/ Programme Master of Science in Informatics
Registreringsdatum / Date of registration: 11/13/2012
Uppsatstyp / Type of thesis: Masterarbete/Master's Thesis (120 credits)


Handledare / Supervisor: Per Flensburg
Examinator / Examiner: Sara Eriksén
Organisation / Organisation: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Institution / School: COM/School of Computing

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