Information systems development

Track Description

Information systems development (ISD) is arguably at the core of the information systems discipline. With increasingly distributed and globalized organizations wherein many organizations are using highly standardized, even patterned business processes, many of which are made available as locally-provided or as foreign 'cloud'-provided services, information systems development may need to adjust to the change by building anew or adapting and reusing extant IT enabled information systems.

The changes add complexity to an already complex problem space wherein, despite 50 years of ISD experience, the perception of the so-called “software crisis” still persists. Unfinished and run-away projects, systems poorly aligned with businesses and user requirements and the pervasive problem of the costs are still the rule. Research in the field is largely fragmented and practice often seems to be ahead of research. Conversely, where research is indeed ahead, industrial uptake of academic research results is often rather limited. As a consequence, there is an urgent need for a sustainable understanding and integrative theory based on extensive, empirical field research.

Relevant Topics

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • ISD as a methodical practice
  • ISD as a complex, adaptive practice
  • ISD as an agile practice
  • ISD as a design practice
  • ISD as a negotiated communicative practice
  • ISD as an amethodical, emergent and improvised practice
  • ISD as a globally distributed practice
  • ISD as an outsourced practice
  • ISD as a communal, open and shared practice
  • ISD for bespoke solutions
  • ISD for standardized solutions
  • ISD for services

Track Chairs and Contact Details

Dr Linda Dawson, University of Wollongong, (

Dr Karlheinz Kautz, University of Wollongong, (

Dr Henry Linger, Monash University, (

See also…

School of Business IT and Logistics
The School of Business IT and Logistics provides high quality technical and professional education in: Business Information and Communications Technology, in Information Management and Librarianship and in Logistics and Supply Chain Management education within a comprehensive business context – ensuring the employability of its graduates.