Exploring the Nuances of 'Wickedness' in Information Systems Development

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2018-01-03
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McCarthy, Stephen
O’Raghallaigh, Paidi
Fitzgerald, Ciara
Adam, Frédéric
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Information Systems Development (ISD) practice is an inherently challenging undertaking, as exemplified by the high rate of ISD project failures. The scale of the challenge is often heightened in distributed environments where ISD practitioners can face considerable complexity, uncertainty, and contention. The concept of -˜wickedness’ epitomizes such challenges. However, ISD literature has yet to fully explore the nuances of wickedness found in ISD practices within distributed environments. To address this gap, we use a theoretical framework to analyze case study findings from an interdisciplinary connected health project. In particular, we break open the social aspects of wickedness and explore their impact on shared understanding and shared commitment in ISD projects. The paper highlights the implications that these nuances have for group decision-making in distributed ISD project teams.
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Emerging Issues in Distributed Group Decision-Making: Opportunities and Challenges, Decision making, distributed environments, information systems development, shared understanding, wickedness
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