22nd International Conference on Information Systems Development (ISD2013), Sevilla, Spain, September 2-4, 2013

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Track: Methodologies for Design within Complex Environments


  • Prof. Igor Hawryszkiewycz
  • Dr. Ghassan Beydoun
  • Corina Raduescu
  • Dr. Savanid Vatanasakdakul

This track focuses on ways to design information systems for the increasingly complex environments. It addresses new design methods that may be needed to address challenges now found in the global environment and the social complexity that characterizes the environment. These challenges are found in the design of smart cities, large business networks and global supply chains and policy processes. Problems in such systems are referred to as wicked problems; they usually have no solutions but gradually move towards an evolving vision that calls for both continuous reflection of outcomes and revision of short term goals towards a vision. Many problems are socially complex and require changes in behavior because they do not have a single solution and need to be addressed by involving a number of organizations. Change often arises because changing values of stakeholders calls for continuous adaption of the development processes to negotiated outcomes of multiple stakeholders.

Requirements in such situations can evolve quickly over time and need other approaches than those commonly used in developing information systems for well-defined problems. This complexity is further magnified as each organization or group has their own individual culture, structure and way of doing things, which must also be accommodated, often requiring special mediation or coordination. Solutions are likely to be a mixture of pre-planned routines, self-organizing and emergent practices.

There is therefore an emerging need for new approaches to develop information systems to assist people to work effectively within such environments. Here systems requirements emerge guided by learning from previous outcomes and development methods must possess the agility to quickly respond to such dynamic change. Submission of papers addressing ways in which complexity affects design methods, are welcome. Complexity is seen not in the mathematical sense but in the ways systems dynamically respond to unanticipated events, how they emerge and self-organize that is now more common in businesses. Papers should address ways on methodologies that provide solutions in such dynamic environments that are increasingly networked and where these networks and relationships are continually changing to gain new knowledge and competitive advantage.


  • Modeling methods for complex information systems
  • Social Networking and its role in business processes
  • Open systems and general systems theory
  • Soft systems in wicked environments
  • Complex adaptive systems
  • Collaboration and Knowledge sharing
  • Agile development processes and methods
  • Managing emergent requirements
  • Developing services for smart cities
  • Developing sustainable systems
  • Social media policies in managing emerging business networks
  • Service based system analysis and modeling
  • Outsourcing and business networking
  • Integrating negotiation into business processes
  • Collecting intelligence
  • Managing Policy processes in complex environments
  • Managing a system of systems
  • Metaphors for collaboration
  • Linking development agility to dynamic business process evolution
  • Supporting community networks

22nd International Conference on Information Systems Development (ISD2013), Seville, Spain, September 2-4, 2013

[Web Engineering and Early Testing (IWT2) Research Group] [Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería Informática] [University of Seville]

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