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Title: THE BOUNDING EFFECT OF IS DESIGN TOOLS: A CRITICAL EXAMINATION OF CASE TECHNOLOGY
Authors: Ariav, Gad
Orlikowski, Wanda
Issue Date: Mar-1989
Publisher: Stern School of Business, New York University
Series/Report no.: IS-89-036
Abstract: Methodologies for information systems development bound the vocabulary of design (what are the "things that matter?), as well as control the design discourse (how should we go about discussing them?). Computer Aided System Engineering tools - collectively referred to as "CASE technology" --further bound the analysis and design process both semantically (e.g., the range of available methodologies) and syntactically (e.g., implementation details). In this paper we explore the effects of bounding in CASE technology. We first delineate the concept of bounding in general terms, and then develop a more operational notion of it through the qualitative examination of an actual use of a CASE tool. This examination results in a preliminary list of concrete dimensions of the bounding phenomenon, which is in turn used to guide a critical survey of related features in current CASE technology, Implications for practice, education and research are discussed.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2451/14434
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