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Against method-ism : exploring the limits of method

By Edgar A. Whitley and Lucas D. Introna

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Provides a critique of method-ism - the view that methodology is necessary and sufficient for information systems’ development success; method-ism presupposes also that systems developers understand the value of methodology and will prefer to work with it rather than without it. Argues, against method-ism, that method flows from understanding, and not the reverse. Hence method cannot be a substitute for understanding. Discusses the way in which humans tend to interact with the world by means of ready-to-hand tools, using the ideas of Heidegger and Ihde. Shows that tools are used only if available (ready-to-hand) in the world of doing. If a methodology is not ready-to-hand, it will break down and be ignored in the pragmatics of getting the job done. Presents a number of arguments why methodologies by design will tend to break down (not be ready-to-hand) and hence be discarded

Topics: QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Year: 1997
DOI identifier: 10.1108/09576059710174757
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lse.ac.uk:274
Provided by: LSE Research Online
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