The Social Construction of Data Stability: Discovering Tactics for Establishing and Preserving Stability in Data Bases
2008 (English)In: Proceedings of the 16th European Conference on Information Systems / [ed] Golden W, Acton T, Conboy K, van der Heijden H and Tuunainen VK, Galway: International university of Ireland , 2008, , 2257-2268 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
This paper questions the idea of data stability. We focus on core ideas behind an information centric strategy concerning stability in databases (created through enterprise-wide data modeling). We investigate if and how data stability is obtained when an information centric strategy is implemented in practice. We claim that, even though there are many research contributions about information centric strategies, there are still few papers focusing on problems concerning consequences of the strategies’ practical implementation. This is, however, an important issue since data integration is a key element of strategic management in, e.g., ERP-systems, data mining applications, and service-oriented architecture (SOA). It is, thus, most important not to neglect existing experiences, when developing the IT systems of tomorrow. The result of our two case studies reveal four tactics focusing on actions conducted to obtain and maintain stability in databases. The tactics are 1) change avoidance, 2) anticipated generalization, 3) constructive standardization, and 4) expansion to new application areas.
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Galway: International university of Ireland , 2008. , 2257-2268 p.
Information centric strategy, data stability, data modeling, data integration, organisational language
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-43889Local ID: 75036ISBN: 978-0-9553159-2-3OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-43889DiVA: diva2:264750
16th European Conference on Information Systems, 9-11 Juni, Galway, Ireland