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Architecting in Large and Complex Information Infrastructures

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This paper is based on a critical perspective on the coordination of information systems in the health sector in developing countries. Two stories of health information system implementations in West Africa are presented. These are stories of integration, interoperability and architecting processes unfolding in a space where different actors pursue different and often conflicting agendas and where power and politics are at play. Our point of departure is an understanding of information systems as information infrastructures, being large scale, complex, and evolving over time. Our analysis of architecting large and complex information systems contributes to an understanding of information system architectures as a process. We argue that information system architecture is not simply made on the drawing board, but are the outcome of negotiations among actors about the division of labour, or role-making and role-taking, within the information infrastructure.

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  • Architecture
  • information infrastructure
  • health information systems

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Poppe, O., Sæbø, J., Nielsen, P. (2014). Architecting in Large and Complex Information Infrastructures. In: Commisso, T.H., Nørbjerg, J., Pries-Heje, J. (eds) Nordic Contributions in IS Research. SCIS 2014. Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing, vol 186. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-09546-2_7

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