In Learning with Information Systems the author takes the developing world as the context and through a series of case studies develops a commonly used systems analysis methodology. He demonstrates how this methodology can evolve and adapt as new ideas become prominent. Issues of sustainability of information systems, participation in systems design and user ownership of systems are all examined.
This book does not attempt to be prescriptive for all contexts nor does it focus on any particular technology. It addresses the essential questions and promises practical approaches which will help in the avoidance of the worst forms of disaster associated with the planning of information systems for developing countries.
Table of Contents
Part 1 Introductionducing The Context; Chapter 1 Introduction and Background; Chapter 2 Information Systems and Planning in Developing Countries; Part 2 The Question and the Approach; Chapter 3 The Question for this Book; Chapter 4 Selecting the Research Approach; Part 3 Action-Research Learning; Chapter 5 Learning Cycle 1; Chapter 6 Learning Cycle 2; Chapter 7 Learning Cycle 3; Part 4 Overview and Conclusions; Chapter 8 An Overview of the Learning Process; Chapter 9 The Next Steps;
Simon Bell has made a study of the process of evolving systems analysis methodology—specifically with the needs of the user in mind—both as consultant and researcher in developing countries, and as a lecturer in universities and industry in the United Kingdom. In his earlier, co-authored book Rapid Information Systems Development, he explored the possibilities of making a standard methodology for information systems analysis and design quick and systematic in its application.