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Artefaction as Communication: Redesigning Communication Models


McKay, JA and Grainger, N and Marshall, PH and Hirschheim, R, Artefaction as Communication: Redesigning Communication Models, Proceedings of the 21st Australasian Conference in Information Systems (ACIS 2010), 1-3 December 2010, Brisbane, Australia EJ ISBN 978-1-86435-643-4 (2010) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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The advice found in practical guides like PMBOK regarding designing and managing communication in IT projects, is worryingly superficial and gives little guidance or insights of substance to IS academics and practitioners. Thus, the objective of this paper is to help academics and practitioners better appreciate the complexity involved in IT projects and to foreground many of the attendant issues challenges and potential pitfalls in establishing and managing communications effectively through the projects life cycle. Further, the authors’ aim includes the presentation of relevant and useful models of communication that if internalized, would improve the conceptualization of communication problem situations and thus assist in the planning and implementation of communication strategies in IT projects. The models presented include Galle's model of artefaction, Wittgenstein's language game model and a model developed by the authors which includes aspects of both Galle’s and Wittgenstein’s models. These models, the authors argue, are a considerable advance over the Shannon-Weaver-type conduit/transmission models of communication. The implications of the models are discussed and are illustrated by reference to a short case study.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:Enterprise system implementation, project management, communication
Research Division:Information and Computing Sciences
Research Group:Information systems
Research Field:Information security management
Objective Division:Information and Communication Services
Objective Group:Other information and communication services
Objective Field:Other information and communication services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Marshall, PH (Professor Peter Marshall)
ID Code:67069
Year Published:2010
Deposited By:Information and Communication Technology
Deposited On:2011-02-24
Last Modified:2012-10-23

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