Method Diffusion as a Social Movement

  • Paul Beynon-Davies
  • Michael D. Williams
Part of the IFIP — The International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT, volume 66)


This paper describes an investigation into the diffusion of information systems development methods (ISDMs). We portray method diffusion as an instance of technological diffusion. Technological diffusion is normally portrayed within the IS industry as an overtly rational process. In this paper, we postulate that the external diffusion process of ISDMs has many features in common with broader social movements and test a model of knowledge-based diffusion. We use the case of the recent history of the dynamic systems development method (DSDM), a public domain standard methodology for rapid application development (RAD), to illustrate some of the key features of method diffusion processes within a UK context.


Social Movement Technological Diffusion External Diffusion Research Information System Information System Development 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Beynon-Davies
    • 1
  • Michael D. Williams
    • 1
  1. 1.European Business Management SchoolUniversity of Wales SwanseaSwanseaUK

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