Innovating with Information Systems for Global Reach The New Corporate Environment Business globalization is the emergence of the worldwide market as the arena of corporate activities. Virtually all large firms, and many smaller ones, acquire labor where it is cost-effective, find intellectual and financial capital anywhere it is available, and pursue markets across the globe.
Researchers have attempted to document the assumptions underlying different paradigms with the goal of making systems developers become aware of the assumptions and beliefs that they employ for a system development task. However, a number of Information Systems that have failed are as a result of lack of awareness by the information systems developers of some methods that should be used when dealing with an ISD problem.
In this paper, ISD methods have been classified under some of the major paradigms in form of a matrix. It is hoped that such classification will enable IS Developers easily identify methods they should use which in turn should lead to better quality of Information Systems, and a reduction in time and costs in Information Systems Development.
Categories and Subject descriptors: However, development of Information Systems ISs faces many problems. Some traditional problems include [Tolvanen ; Lycett et al.
In this paper, we attempt to relate some of the major IS development methods to major IS development paradigms with the aim of addressing some IS development problems.
The need to ground ISD methods in different paradigms has long been sought for. Before looking at ISD methods, Hirschheim and Klein  attempted to document the relationship between systems development methodologies to paradigms, however, they found the process to be complicated because different methodologies such Soft Systems Methodology had properties of more than one paradigm.
This should have been obvious to Hirschheim and Klein since the methodologies that they considered comprised of methods based on different assumptions. In the field of information systems development, Hirschheim  proposed grounding existing ISD methods by analyzing them with regard to different paradigms.
It is these assumptions that play a central role in guiding information systems development. Several researchers in the IS field later on discovered that although ISD methods were used extensively, they were actually not widely applied [Hardy et al. To make it easier to adopt suitable and specific ISD methods, Iivari et al.
In this paper, we adapt the classification method used by Iivari et al. The paper is organized as follows: In section 2 we review the four traditional paradigms for ISD; in section 3 we review a set of well known ISD methods and summarize their characteristics in a table; in section 4, we map the ISD methods presented in section 3 to ISD paradigms to generate a relation as described in section 5.
Section 6 concludes the paper and proposes future work. This definition is clearly appealing to the aim of the work reported in this paper.
Hirschheim  proposed four paradigms for Information Systems Development which were initially used in organizational and social research [Burrell and Morgan ]. The paradigms figure 1 include [Hirschheim, ]: These paradigms are used in this paper as a starting point for classifying ISD methods.
Table 1 gives the emphases and underlying assumptions of the paradigms. Features of ISD Paradigms Adapted from [Hirschheim ] Functionalism Radical Social Neohumanism Paradigms Structuralism Relativism Features Emphasis Explains status quo, Emphasizes the Seeks Seeks radical change, social order, social need to overthrow explanation emancipation and integration, consensus, or transcend the within the potentiality and needs satisfaction and limitations placed realm of stresses the role that rational choice on existing social individual different social and and organizational consciousness organizational forces arrangements.
It focuses on the structure and framework of all forms of barriers to analysis of reference of the emancipation economic power social actor as ideology, power, and relations opposed to the psychological observer of the comparisons action Assumptions Epistemology: In Information Systems literature, a development method is considered to be comprised of a set of procedures, techniques, tools, and documentation aids that help in developing an information system [Smolander et al.
A method may be broken down into phases, and the phases into sub- phases that help system developers choose procedures, techniques, tools, etc.
The necessity to classify ISD methods under ISD paradigms is due to the fact that in using a particular method, one is making an implicit or explicit assumption about the nature of the world and knowledge. As we have already seen, it is these assumptions that are associated with a given paradigm.
In the next subsections, we identify some of the ISD methods in existence and construct a table summarizing their features which are used for relating to ISD paradigms. These methodologies formalize the requirements elicitation process to reduce chances of misunderstanding the requirements and use best practice techniques to the analysis and design process.
Walker  identified four main criteria that should be considered by any object-oriented method: Examples of well known object-oriented methods include: The main idea behind the Rational Unified Process is to start small and iteratively build on that.
The three main building blocks include: Based on the goals identified, a number of principles were put forth concerning agile software development. Schuh  gives examples of the best known of a growing number of software development methodologies that are based on the principles underpinning agile development: Scenarios relate to real world experiences and can be expressed in different ways including using natural language, pictures, or other media [Gough et al.
The main goal of the method is to have a requirements specification in which user preferences for different design options are expressed [Sutcliffe ].He has published in journals such as Australasian Journal of Information Systems, Business Process Management Journal, Communications of ACM, Communications of AIS, International Journal of Information Systems and Social Change, International Journal of Qualitative Methods, International Journal of Technology and Human Interaction, Journal of Information Technology Theory and .
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These examples illustrate one of the key principles in the systems paradigm: an organization's survival is based on sensing, analysis, and interaction with its environment. It is important to establish a set of definitions of terms that are highly relevant to the systems paradigm in strategic decision making.
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