Systems development in information systems research

Jay F. Nunamaker, Minder Chen

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Abstract

The authors critically review systems development in information systems (IS) research. Several classification schemes of research are described and systems development is identified as a developmental, engineering, and formulative type of research. A framework of research is proposed to explain the dual nature of systems development as a research methodology and a research domain in IS research. Progress in several disciplinary areas is reviewed to provide a basis to argue that systems development is a valid research methodology. A systems development research process is presented from a methodological perspective. Software engineering, the basic method in applying the systems development research methodology, is then discussed. A framework to classify IS research domain and various research methodologies in studying systems development is presented. It is suggested that systems development and empirical research methodologies are complementary to each other. It is further proposed that an integrated multidimensional and multimethodological approach will generate fruitful research results in IS research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on System Science
EditorsLee W. Hoevel, Bruce D. Shriver, Jay F.Jr. Nunamaker, Ralph H.Jr. Sprague, Velijko Milutinovic
PublisherPubl by Western Periodicals Co
Pages631-640
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)0818620102
StatePublished - Jan 1 1990
EventProceedings of the Twenty-Third Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. Volume 1: Architecture Track - Kailua-Kona, HI, USA
Duration: Jan 2 1990Jan 5 1990

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on System Science
Volume3
ISSN (Print)0073-1129

Other

OtherProceedings of the Twenty-Third Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. Volume 1: Architecture Track
CityKailua-Kona, HI, USA
Period1/2/901/5/90

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)

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    Nunamaker, J. F., & Chen, M. (1990). Systems development in information systems research. In L. W. Hoevel, B. D. Shriver, J. F. J. Nunamaker, R. H. J. Sprague, & V. Milutinovic (Eds.), Proceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on System Science (pp. 631-640). (Proceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on System Science; Vol. 3). Publ by Western Periodicals Co.