Taxonomic Dimensions for Studying Situational Method Development

Mehmet N. Aydin, Frank Harmsen, Jos van Hillegersberg

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    This paper is concerned with fragmented literature on situational method development, which is one of fundamental topics related to information systems development (ISD) methods. As the topic has attracted many scholars from various and possibly complementary schools of thought, different interpretations and understandings of key notions related to method development are present. In this paper, we regard such understandings as both challenges and opportunities for studying this topic. Upon the extensive review of relevant research, this paper shows how this literature fragmentation has resulted in and what needs to be done to make sense of the various understandings for studying situational ISD methods. For the latter, we propose the use of a number of taxonomic dimensions. We argue that these dimensions can help to ease the conduct of literature review and to position disparate research endeavors concerning situational method development properly. In particular, we discuss three basic studies to demonstrate how the taxonomic dimensions can be useful in studying the subject matter.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSituational Method Engineering: Fundamentals and Experiences
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the IFIP WG 8.1 Working Conference, 12–14 September 2007, Geneva, Switzerland
    EditorsJolita Ralyté, Sjaak Brinkkemper, Brian Henderson-Sellers
    ISBN (Electronic)978-0-387-73947-2
    ISBN (Print)978-0-387-73946-5
    Publication statusPublished - 2007
    EventIFIP WG 8.1 Working Conference on Situational Method Engineering: Fundamentals and Experiences 2007 - Geneva, Switzerland
    Duration: 12 Sep 200714 Sep 2007

    Publication series

    NameIFIP — The International Federation for Information Processing book series
    ISSN (Electronic)1571-5736


    ConferenceIFIP WG 8.1 Working Conference on Situational Method Engineering: Fundamentals and Experiences 2007


    • METIS-243716
    • Method Engineering
    • Requirement Engineer
    • Method Adaptation
    • Information System Development
    • Method Engineer


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