The Trojan Horse Phenomenon

  • Heather Watson


An issue in relation to theory and practice centres on the different perspectives we have in information systems development. The purpose of this paper is to consider what is entailed in a perspective. That is, in developing an argument we do not proceed in isolation since we depend on some of the language and assumptions of others, if only to contrast them with our own point of view.


Soft System Methodology Marginal Version Information System Development Ideal Speech Situation Describe Information System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Heather Watson
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  1. 1.Department of Mathematics and Computer ScienceUniversity of SalfordSalfordUK

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