Pragmatic Considerations and Enabling Theories

  • Rajiv Khosla
  • Ishwar K. Sethi
  • Ernesto Damiani
Part of the The Springer International Series in Engineering and Computer Science book series (SECS, volume 582)


Human-centered system development is not a revolutionary concept in computer science and information systems but an evolutionary and enabling one. In this chapter we look at how some areas in computer science and information systems are evolving or moving towards human-centeredness. These areas include intelligent systems, electronic commerce, software engineering, multimedia databases, data mining, enterprise modeling and human-computer interaction. This evolution is based on the need for addressing pragmatic issues in these areas. We follow these pragmatic issues with enabling theories in philosophy, cognitive science, psychology and work-oriented design for human-centered system development framework. These theories are described and discussed in terms of their contributions toward human-centered system development framework. We conclude the chapter with a discussion section that outlines the foundations of the human-centered system development framework described in the chapter.


Intelligent System Activity Theory Electronic Commerce Situate Cognition Knowledge Type 


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