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Learning from patterns during information technology configuration.

Horton, Keith and Dewar, R G (2005) Learning from patterns during information technology configuration. Journal of Organizational and End-User Computing, 17 (2). pp. 26-42. ISSN 1546-5012

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This paper asks how people can be assisted in learning from practice, as a basis for informing future action, when configuring information technology (IT) in organizations. It discusses the use of Alexanderian Patterns as a means of aiding such learning. Three patterns are presented that have been derived from a longitudinal empirical study that has focused on practices surrounding IT configuration. The paper goes on to argue that Alexanderian Patterns offer a valuable means of learning from past experience. It is argued that learning from experience is an important dimension of deciding “what needs to be done” in configuring IT with organizational context. The three patterns outlined are described in some detail, and the implications of each discussed. Although it is argued that patterns, per se, provide a valuable tool for learning from experience, some potential dangers in seeking to codify experience with a patterns approach are also discussed.

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 1546-5012
Uncontrolled Keywords: Alexanderian Patterns; learnig from experience; information technology; organizational change;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 302 Social interaction
000 Computer science, information & general works > 000 Computer science, knowledge & systems > 000 Computer science, information & general works
Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Item ID: 2182
Depositing User: RAE Import
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2008 12:38
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2013 13:48
URI: http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/2182

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