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Cargo Cults in Information Systems Development: a Definition andan Analytical Framework
Örebro University, Örebro University School of Business. (Informatics, CERIS)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8604-8862
Örebro University, Örebro University School of Business. (Informatics, CERIS)
Örebro University, Örebro University School of Business.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3265-7627
2018 (English)In: 27th International Conference on Information Systems Development (ISD2018), 2018Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Organizations today adopt agile information systems development methods (ISDM), but many do not succeed with the adoption process and in achieving desired results. Systems developers sometimes fail in efficient use of ISDM, often due to a lack of understanding the fundamental intentions of the chosen method. In many cases organizations simply imitate the behavior of others without really understanding why. This conceptual paper defines this phenomenon as an ISDM cargo cult behavior and proposes an analytical framework to identify such situations. The concept of cargo cults originally comes from the field of social anthropology and has been usedto explain irrational, ritualistic imitation of certain behavior. By defining and introducing the concept in the field of information systems development we provide a diagnostic tool to better understand one of the reasons why ISDM adoption sometimes fail.

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2018.
Keywords [en]
Agile development, Cargo cult, Method Rationale, Self-Determination theory, Social-action theory, Information systems development, Information systems development methods, Software development, Software development method
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Information Systems, Social aspects
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Informatics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-68610OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-68610DiVA, id: diva2:1242466
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27th International Conference on Information Systems Development (ISD2018), Lund, Sweden, August 22-24, 2018
Available from: 2018-08-28 Created: 2018-08-28 Last updated: 2018-08-28Bibliographically approved

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Mäki-Runsas, Tanja ElinaWistrand, KaiKarlsson, Fredrik

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