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Activity Theory

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Design As Research: Emergent Complex Activity, Helen M. Hasan Dec 2006

Design As Research: Emergent Complex Activity, Helen M. Hasan

Faculty of Commerce - Papers (Archive)

There is current interest in design science as a research method in the field of Information Systems. This paper explores this proposition by incorporating established theories into the design research process. These include a view of information systems as essentially socio-technical, notions of tool mediation and expansive learning from Activity Theory and the concept of emergence from Complexity Theory where good design outcomes come from non-deterministic and organic processes. A case of innovative collaborative systems development illustrates how this view of design science may be of value.


Putting Action Into Sociotechnical Systems Theory – A Proposed Analysis Of The Australian Film Industry Using Start, M. L. Jones Oct 2006

Putting Action Into Sociotechnical Systems Theory – A Proposed Analysis Of The Australian Film Industry Using Start, M. L. Jones

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This paper proposes a model for organisational analysis based on the conflation of two eminent theories for socio-technical analysis. These theories – Sociotechnical Systems and Action Regulation Theory – have been developed and used in Europe but have received little attention in Australia. The proposed model Socio-Technical-Action-Regulation-Theory (START) provides a comprehensive framework for analysis and investigation. The Australian Film Industry has been selected as the ideal target for the framework. The Australian Film Industry provides an organisational environment which is considered turbulent and difficult and has been identified as having both social and technical challenges. While the project is still in an ...


Demonstrations Of The Activity Theory Framework For Research In Is, Kate Crawford, Helen M. Hasan Sep 2006

Demonstrations Of The Activity Theory Framework For Research In Is, Kate Crawford, Helen M. Hasan

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The holistic and insightful nature of the (cultural-historical) Activity Theory has led to its use by several researchers as a suitable vehicle for understanding and analysis in many areas of IS research and practice. This paper demonstrates the application of Activity Theory to the study of socio-technical systems which mediate complex, collective activities in the modern workplace and in everyday life. Vignettes from five ongoing research projects are reported in order to illustrate not only the explanatory power of the Activity Theory research framework but also its use in determining appropriate methods used to manage the data collection and analysis ...


Blending Diverse Community Capability For Regional Development: The Case Of An E-Commerce Initiative For Local Indigenous Artists, Ann Hodgkinson, Helen M. Hasan Sep 2006

Blending Diverse Community Capability For Regional Development: The Case Of An E-Commerce Initiative For Local Indigenous Artists, Ann Hodgkinson, Helen M. Hasan

Faculty of Commerce - Papers (Archive)

Regional communities often encompass the variety of skills and knowledge needed to take advantage of the Internet in order to open up their products and services to the global market place. They can, however, lack the foresight to identify opportunities to bring this diverse capability together and then manage it to carry out projects to successful outcomes. This paper presents a case where economic and technical expertise from a regional university has joined with exceptional artists, working in a struggling local indigenous community, to conduct a project to develop an e-commerce website both to sell their art-works and to promote ...