Designing Communities for Large Scale Sustainable Collaboration

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Reflections, Challenges and New Directions: 20th International Conference on Information Systems Development (ISD2011), 2013, pp. 103 - 113
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The paper introduces the trend to community based work now increasingly found in business and government applications. Such applications are increasingly complex because of their continuing need to adapt to a changing environment. The paper proposes that one way to manage complexity is to focus on relationships and provide ways to systematically manage change by managing the impact of change to one relationship on others. The perspectives improve understanding of the system by identifying the need for change from one perspective and seeing the impact on others. Change can then be initiated from any perspective using a model based on that perspective. The impact of the change can then be seen through the relationship of the change in one perspective on relationships throughout the system. It then proposes an open modeling approach to model relationships from different perspectives including activity, social structure, knowledge and organization and allows users to focus on the perspective using one model and trace its impact on other models.
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