Design with a Positive Lens: An affirmative approach to designing information and organizations

Avital, Michael, Lyytinen, Kalle, Boland, Richard J., Butler, Brian, Dougherty, Deborah, Fineout, Matt, Jansen, Wendy, Levina, Natalia, Rifkin, Will and Venable, John (2006) Design with a Positive Lens: An affirmative approach to designing information and organizations. Communications of the Association for Information Systems, 18 519-545.

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Author Avital, Michael
Lyytinen, Kalle
Boland, Richard J.
Butler, Brian
Dougherty, Deborah
Fineout, Matt
Jansen, Wendy
Levina, Natalia
Rifkin, Will
Venable, John
Title Design with a Positive Lens: An affirmative approach to designing information and organizations
Journal name Communications of the Association for Information Systems   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1529-3181
Publication date 2006
Year available 2006
Sub-type Other
Open Access Status
Volume 18
Start page 519
End page 545
Total pages 27
Place of publication Atlanta, GA United States
Publisher Association for Information Systems
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Design forms one critical paradigmatic view that pervades organizational studies, management,  and information systems research. Building on the discussions in the first Working Conference on  Designing Information and Organizations with a Positive Lens, we chart the potential contribution  of positive design to the shaping of organizations, work processes, artifacts, communication  networks, and information technologies. The figure of speech "Design with a Positive Lens," or in
short "Positive Design," connotes here a distinctive perspective on design that is less focused on  the detection of errors associated with gaining control and more concerned with human-centered  design associated with the shaping of hopeful organizations and a thriving future. The paper  examines how positive design can contribute to the design of information systems and  organizations as related to five broad-scale areas: design of high performance work processes;  positive design methods and techniques; cooperation and collaboration across boundaries to  promote positive change; positive organizational design; and design science and practice. In this  paper we aspire to promote the emerging cross-disciplinary discourse between scholars and  designers that will foster positive organizational and technological design.
Keyword Systems design
Organizational design
Positive design
Positive lens
Positive organizational scholarship
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Institutional Status Non-UQ

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