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Iivari, N., Discursive struggles within cross-disciplinary design, International Conference on Information Systems ICIS 2019 Proceedings, Dec 15-18, Munich, Germany, p: 1-17

Discursive struggles within cross-disciplinary design

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Author: Iivari, Netta1
Organizations: 1INTERACT Research Unit, University of Oulu, P.O. BOX 3000, 90014 Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: published version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Association for Information Systems, 2019
Publish Date: 2020-01-20


Cross-disciplinary work characterizes information systems (IS) research and practice, including design practice both in industry and design science research (DSR) projects. However, IS research lacks a nuanced understanding of cross-disciplinary design: of its intricacies and challenges. Moreover, IS research, particularly DSR, suffers from a limited conceptualization of design, including cross-disciplinary design. This study utilizes a discourse lens to make sense of cross-disciplinary design in a research project developing a mobile learning application. The study reveals the emergence of a variety of ’designers’ who construct future users in various ways and end up in discursive struggle around their conflicting designs. Powerful disciplinary systems and associated discourses are speaking though these designers. Emergence and evolution also feature cross-disciplinary design with oscillation between multi- and interdisciplinary design. The emergent, disciplinarily bounded, evolving, and contested nature of cross-disciplinary design is emphasized in this study with implications for IS and more specifically for DSR research.

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ISBN Print: 978-0-9966831-9-7
Pages: 1 - 17
Host publication: International Conference on Information Systems ICIS 2019 Proceedings, Dec 15-18, Munich, Germany
Conference: International Conference on Information Systems
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
Funding: This study was partly funded Academy of Finland Grant # 324685.
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 324685
Detailed Information: 324685 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
Copyright information: © The Authors 2019.