Context Engineering: An IS Development Approach



The authors present the Context Engineering (CE) approach to Information Systems Development (ISD) as a framework to organise ideas about previous development experience and to guide future research on specific ISD methods and techniques. The goals of the CE approach are: to achieve an understanding of the ISD as sociotechnical phenomena within a cultural and historical envelope; to provide a framework of problems supported on the relation between context and mediators; and to use contextuality as a key to performing emancipatory movements. Fundamental concepts are the notions of context as figure-ground and as autopoietic flux, of human activity as unit of contextual analysis, of the pervasiveness of mediation in human activity, of sociotechnical networks as media and the hypothesis of a heterogeneous social engineering. A framework of development problems is presented along with a discussion of general and process related principles for the CE approach.


Context Engineering, Information Systems Development, Sociotechnical Approach, Activity Theory, Actor-Network Theory


Information Systems Development


Action in Language, Organisations and Information Systems, ALOIS 2003, March 2003

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 Guiding Principles for Developing Adaptive Software Products, Nehemiah Mavetera and Jan Kroeze, Volume 2010 (2010), Article ID 340296, Communications of the IBIMA, 15 pages
DOI: 10.5171/2010.340296