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Information-Systems Development

By Paul Lewis
ISBN: 0-273-03107-4
260 p. illus.
$64.50 Paper


This book explores the contribution of systems ideas to an understanding of information in the complicated context of human organizations. In particular, it shows the value of the newer soft systems thinking, more sympathetic to the social and political realities of human organizations, and how this can be used. It also discusses the influences of systems thinking in the past, and their not-always-desirable effects in the field of information-systems. Central to the text is the idea that any discussion of information-systems needs to commence with thinking about the human activities that the information-system is to serve.