The Anchoring Concept

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    This paper introduces the term 'anchoring' within systems development: Visions, developed through early systems design within an organization, need to be deeply rooted in the organization. A vision's rationale needs to be understood by those who decide if the vision should be implemented as well as by those involved in the actual implementation. A model depicting a recent trend within systems development is presented: Organizations rely on purchasing generic software products and/or software development outsourced to external contractors. A contemporary method for participatory design, where anchoring is considered to be a main activity, is outlined. The task of anchoring visions is described, and techniques and activities are suggested with respect to those actors that have to act on the visions and the recommendations from a design proposal. The paper concludes that obtaining appropriate anchoring requires designers to take on a role compared to that of an architect.
    Original languageDanish
    Title of host publicationIRIS'21 : Information Systems Research in Collaboration with Industry
    EditorsP.A. Nielsen, N.J. Buch, J.H. Iversen, J. Damsgaard, L.B. Eriksen
    Number of pages13
    PublisherAalborg Universitet
    Publication date1998
    Publication statusPublished - 1998
    EventInformation Systems Research Seminar in Scandinavia - Sæby, Denmark
    Duration: 8 Aug 199811 Aug 1998
    Conference number: 21


    ConferenceInformation Systems Research Seminar in Scandinavia

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