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The Management and Engineering of IT-Intensive Systems: A Systemic Oriented View

The Management and Engineering of IT-Intensive Systems: A Systemic Oriented View
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Author(s): Manuel Mora (Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes (UAA), Mexico), Ovsei Gelman (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Mexico), Jorge Macias-Luevano (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Mexico)and Francisco Alvarez (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Mexico)
Copyright: 2007
Pages: 6
Source title: Managing Worldwide Operations and Communications with Information Technology
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-929-8.ch382
ISBN13: 9781599049298
EISBN13: 9781466665378


Researchers of Software Engineering (SwE) and Systems Engineering (SE) disciplines have alerted on the increasing complexity of software-intensive systems in the last 15 years. As response, it has been recognized the need to strengthen the SE and SwE curricula mutually. Furthermore, a unified Software Systems Engineering discipline it has also posed for others. In turn, a common definition of the Information Systems (IS) discipline indicates that IS concerns with the study of Information Technology-based systems (IT) for managerial purposes as well as with the dual nature – technical and social- of its management. This paper, -product of a research in progress- develops the case for a Management & Engineering of IT-intensive Systems view under the following rationality: (i) the technical and social complexity of the issues related with the new systems demanded by organizations escape of the scope of the traditional IS discipline, (ii) the IS discipline has arrived to such degree of fragmentation that it has became in a set of knowledge islands, and (iii) an interdisciplinary –systemic- approach provides the adequate philosophical paradigms and methodological research tools to cope with the phenomena through the systemic interaction of traditional IS, SwE and SE disciplines. For it, this paper reviews the origins, foci, objects of study, main disciplines of reference, and main research methods of the three disciplines and reports the case for the new discipline. Discussion of benefits and barriers for its developing are finally reported.

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