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Information Systems Development and Data Modeling : Conceptual and Philosophical Foundations - Rudy Hirschheim

Information Systems Development and Data Modeling

Conceptual and Philosophical Foundations

Hardcover Published: 15th February 2003
ISBN: 9780521373692
Number Of Pages: 304

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Information systems development is not merely a technical intervention but involves social and ethical dilemmas that affect the human, social and organisational domains. To demonstrate this point, the authors conduct a thorough and substantive description and analysis of the conceptual and philosophical underpinnings of systems development. In particular they analyse a number of systems development methodologies including structured methods, prototyping, ETHICS and Soft Systems Methodology to reveal the underlying conceptual and philosophical foundations. The book provides an in-depth analysis of data modelling theory and its links with theories of language and cognition. It offers a framework to describe and analyse different systems development approaches and to explain their strengths and weaknesses. The book is aimed at graduate students taking courses in information systems and data modelling, but will also appeal to information systems managers and professionals for whom the exhaustive bibliography and summary of methodologies will be useful.

From the hardback review: 'I strongly recommend this book to people who view information systems only as a technology and do not remember that any technology that can change the way people live and work is necessarily a social and philosophical subject.' G. Rumolo, Computing Reviews

Preface
Acknowledgements
Introductionp. 1
Definition and Evolution of Information Systems Development Methodologies and Data Modelingp. 10
Philosophical Foundationsp. 46
Conceptual and Paradigmatic Foundations of ISDp. 68
Paradigmatic Analysis of ISD Methodologiesp. 99
Conceptual and Paradigmatic Foundations of Data Modelingp. 144
Paradigmatic Analysis of Data Modeling Approachesp. 171
Conclusionsp. 234
Appendix A: Summaries of Selected Methodologiesp. 239
Bibliographyp. 252
Indexp. 281
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ISBN: 9780521373692
ISBN-10: 0521373697
Series: Cambridge Tracts in Theoretical Computer Science
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 15th February 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.62