Exploring the nuances of 'Wickedness' in information systems development

Thumbnail Image
4677.pdf(797.23 KB)
Published version
McCarthy, Stephen
O'Raghallaigh, Paidi
Fitzgerald, Ciara
Adam, Frédéric
Journal Title
Journal ISSN
Volume Title
University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Published Version
Research Projects
Organizational Units
Journal Issue
Information Systems Development (ISD) practice is an inherently challenging undertaking, as exemplified by the high rate of ISD project failures. The scale of the challenge is often heightened in distributed environments where ISD practitioners can face considerable complexity, uncertainty, and contention. The concept of -˜wickedness’ epitomizes such challenges. However, ISD literature has yet to fully explore the nuances of wickedness found in ISD practices within distributed environments. To address this gap, we use a theoretical framework to analyze case study findings from an interdisciplinary connected health project. In particular, we break open the social aspects of wickedness and explore their impact on shared understanding and shared commitment in ISD projects. The paper highlights the implications that these nuances have for group decision-making in distributed ISD project teams.
Information Systems Development (ISD) , ISD practices , Group decision-making , ISD project teams , Distributed environments , Distributed group decision-making , Emerging issues in distributed group decision-making , Opportunities and challenges , Decision making , Distributed environments , Information systems development , Shared understanding , Wickedness
McCarthy, S., O'Raghallaigh, P., Fitzgerald, C. and Adam, F. (2018) 'Exploring the Nuances of 'Wickedness' in Information Systems Development', Proceedings of the 51st Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, (HICSS-51) Hawaii, 3-6 January, ISBN: 978-0-9981331-1-9