Disregarding history: Contemporary IS contexts and participatory design

Birgitta Bergvall-Kåreborn, Debra Howcroft, Anna Ståhlbröst

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User participation has long been seen as a core topic of study within the IS field, yet its relevance to contemporary development environments and contexts has recently been brought into question. The aim of this article is to investigate the extent to which this rich history and experience is used to inform contemporary practices. We provide a survey that evaluates the degree to which PD (participatory design) is currently represented in the IS literature, the results of which reveal a low representation. Based on these findings, a number of propositions are offered. © 2014 by the Association for Information Systems.
Original languageEnglish
Article number68
Pages (from-to)1319-1332
Number of pages13
JournalCommunications of the Association for Information Systems
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Information systems development
  • Participatory design
  • User participation
  • Users


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