Work System Theory
Work system theory (WST) is the set of ideas that forms the basis of the work system method (WSM) for analyzing and designing systems. The main components of WST include the definition of work system, the work system framework, and the work system life cycle model. (summarized in Work System Basics) Extensions of WST that are mentioned on this page include work system principles, work system design spaces, a theory of workarounds, and a metamodel that bridges part of the gap between sociotechnical and technical views of systems in organizations.
Work System Theory: Overview of Core Concepts, Extensions, and Challenges for the Future, Journal of the Association for Information Systems, 2013
Theory of Workarounds, unpublished working paper, 2013
Using Work System Theory to Achieve Greater Business Value from ERP by Exploring Alternative Design Spaces, Proceedings of the Enterprise Systems and Business Process Capability Workshop, Helsinki, Finland – June 2011
Bridging the Chasm between Sociotechnical and Technical Views of Systems in Organizations, ICIS 2010 Proceedings
Validating Work System Principles for Use in Systems Analysis and Design (with Ryan Wright), ICIS 2010 Proceedings
Including Work System Co-Existence, Alignment, and Coordination in Systems Analysis and Design, AMCIS 2010 Proceedings
Design Spaces for Sociotechnical Systems, ECIS 2010 Proceedings
Work systems as the Core of the Design Space for Organisational Design and Engineering, International Journal of Organisational Design and Engineering, 2010.
Project Collaboration, not just User Participation, AMCIS 2009 Proceedings