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The Emergence of Shared Understanding: Applying Functional Pragmatics to Study the Requirements Development Process
Information Systems Journal (2012)
  • Cristoph Rosenkranz
Abstract

While the importance of social interactions and especially communication is generally acknowledged in information systems development and requirements development, there are few studies that investigate communication. Departing from the conceptualization of information systems development as a language development and formalization process, we focus on linguistic communication and the development of language-based shared understanding of requirements. We investigate and analyze the semantic alignment process by which stakeholders achieve shared understanding in requirements development. We adopt Functional Pragmatics and examine how linguistic communication is shaped and regulated during requirements development in an actual project. By developing a pattern for semantic alignment and its use as an analytical lens, we enable a systematic and insightful understanding of communication in information systems development.

Keywords
  • Information Systems Development,
  • Requirements Development,
  • Linguistic Communication,
  • Shared Understanding,
  • Semantic Alignment,
  • Social Interaction
Publication Date
2012
Citation Information
Cristoph Rosenkranz. "The Emergence of Shared Understanding: Applying Functional Pragmatics to Study the Requirements Development Process" Information Systems Journal (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/cristoph_rosenkranz/24/