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Web-based Systems Design: A Study of Contemporary Practices and an Explanatory Framework based on Method-in-Action

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dc.contributor.author Lang, Michael en
dc.date.accessioned 2009-11-20T16:12:58Z en
dc.date.available 2009-11-20T16:12:58Z en
dc.date.issued 2007 en
dc.identifier.citation Lang, M. & Fitzgerald, B. (2007) Web-based Systems Design: A Study of Contemporary Practices and an Explanatory Framework based on Method-in-Action . Requirements Engineering Journal, 12(4): 203-220. en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10379/407 en
dc.description.abstract This paper reports the findings of a detailed study of Web-based systems design (WBSD) practices in Ireland based on data collected over a three-year period (2002-2005), the objectives of which were to (1) contribute towards a richer understanding of the current ¿real-world¿ context of WBSD by characterising the profile of a typical project (team size, timeframe, nature of requirements, etc.) and identifying the key challenges, constraints, and imperatives (i.e. ¿mediating factors¿) faced by Web-based system designers, and (2) understand how those contextual parameters and mediating factors influence the activity of WBSD as regards the selection and enactment of whatever design practices are therefore engaged (i.e. the use of methods, procedures, etc.). Data was gathered through a survey which yielded 165 usable responses, and later through a series of semi-structured qualitative interviews. Using grounded theory, an explanatory conceptual framework is derived, based on an extension of the ¿method-in-action¿ model, the application of which to WBSD has not been previously investigated in depth. It is proposed that this framework of WBSD issues is valuable in a number of ways to educators, researchers, practitioners, and method engineers. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Springer en
dc.subject Web-based systems design practices en
dc.subject Method-in-action en
dc.subject Grounded theory en
dc.subject.lcsh System design en
dc.subject.lcsh Database design en
dc.subject.lcsh Grounded theory en
dc.title Web-based Systems Design: A Study of Contemporary Practices and an Explanatory Framework based on Method-in-Action en
dc.type Article en
dc.local.publishedsource dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00766-007-0052-2 en
dc.local.publisherstatement The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com en
dc.description.peer-reviewed peer-reviewed en

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