Scip: A Scandinavian Project on Systems Analysis and Design

A personal account from a perspective of some 30 years later
  • Paul Lindgreen
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT, volume 174)


Three distinct historic development phases are identified. These phases are based on a review of two years participation together with other Scandinavian colleagues in a very inspiring research group on the development of computer supported analysis and design of computer application systems. These include: 1) Making the computer itself a reliable device, 2) Creating the necessary software and recognizing sound programming principles, and 3) Trying to utilize the provided tools in organizations and business. The paper ends with some reflections on why the two first phases were successfully while the present third phase still is characterized by so many disasters.

Key words

Effective computer usage co-research early success versus present failures 


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Copyright information

© International Federation for Information Processing 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Lindgreen
    • 1
  1. 1.Systems AnalysisCopenhagen Business SchoolCopenhagen

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