Manifesting shared affordances in system development: the system anatomy
2005 (English)In: Action in Language, Organisations and Information Systems: ALOIS* Limerick, Ireland. The 3rd International Conference 15–16 March 2005 / [ed] Pär J Ågerfalk, Liam Bannon and Brian Fitzgerald, 2005, 28-47 p.Conference paper (Other academic)
In complex systems’ development, it is necessary to understand how things depend on each other in order to plan and control the development task. Ericsson, a major supplier of telecommunication systems all over the world, has successfully used a construct called the system anatomy for this purpose. The anatomy shows, in a compact way, the crucial functional dependencies in the system. Since the anatomy has had a profound practical impact, it is relevant to analyse how this construct can be grounded also theoretically. In this paper, we present such a grounding in which the anatomy and its associated plans are seen as manifestations of affordances. These affordances enable different groups of actors to reconcile their actions. Besides affordances, the theory is grounded in the Russian theory of activity and the Activity Domain Theory. The findings indicate that the suggested theory is a promising socio-technical approach that may complement existing approaches for development of complex systems.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2005. 28-47 p.
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-5390OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-5390DiVA: diva2:9745
15–16 March 2005
QC 201005192006-02-242006-02-242016-09-28Bibliographically approved