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Requirements Engineering

, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp 67–73 | Cite as

Socio-Technical and Soft Approaches to Information Requirements Elicitation in the Post-Methodology Era

  • Christopher J. Atkinson

The contributors to this special issue focus on socio-technical and soft approaches to information requirements elicitation and systems development. They represent a growing body of research and practice in this field. This review presents an overview and analysis of the salient themes within the papers encompassing their common underlying framework, the methodologies and tools and techniques presented, the organisational situations in which they are deployed and the issues they seek to address. It will be argued in the review that the contributions to this special edition exemplify the ‘post-methodological era’ and the ‘contingency approaches’ from which it is formed.

Key words: Information requirements – Information systems development – Methodologies – Research – Socio-technical – Soft systems 

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© Springer-Verlag London Limited 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • Christopher J. Atkinson
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  1. 1.Department of Information Systems and Computing, Brunel University, Uxbridge, UKGB

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