Kolloq. Prof. Alter, topic: Overview of Work System Theory, Work System Method, and Extensions and Applications of the Core Ideas
Monday, 5th of December 2016, 9:00 am FMI 01.13.010 (MI-Building, Campus Garching)
Upon returning to academia after eight years in startup software company I decided to write books and do research that might have been of genuine benefit to the company’s customers and staff. Insights from writing and using four editions of an IS textbook (1992, 1996, 1999, 2002) led to various versions of the work system method (WSM) for analyzing and designing IT-reliant systems in organizations. Ideas underlying WSM were formalized as work system theory (WST in Alter 20013, 2015). Extensions of WSM/WST in the last 15 years expanded into many topics and issues that were not on my personal radar screen when I started the effort.
This talk will provide an overview of work system theory and the work system method, along with an introduction to various extensions of WST.
Steven Alter is Professor Emeritus at the University of San Francisco. He turned his MIT Sloan School Ph.D. thesis into one of the first books on DSS. The experience of serving as VP of a manufacturing software start-up and writing and using four editions of an IS textbook inspired a long-term effort to develop WSM to help business professional collaborate with IT professionals, consultants, and vendors.