Representation and Double-Level Language in Information Systems

  • Robert Stephens


A recent theme in some contemporary research suggests that organizational realities and structures endure to the extent they are made and remade in social praxis. Accordingly, effective information systems development and operation depends on a subtle interplay of the technical and social. Viability is thus sustained not by appeal to a pre-ordained organizational structure, but in a linguistically mediated cycle of assimilation and accommodation. In this paper we seek to capture this notion by examining representation as both synchronic and diachronic, and developing the concept of ‘double-level language’ to describe how formal and informal languages are mutually supportive.


Computer Support Cooperative Work Organizational Reality Subtle Interplay Informal Language Ostensive Definition 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Stephens
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  1. 1.Bristol Transputer Centre, Faculty of Computer Studies and MathematicsUniversity of the West of EnglandBristolUK

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