Incomplete by Design and Designing for Incompleteness

Raghu Garud, Sanjay Jain, Philipp Türtscher

Publikation: Beitrag in Buch/KonferenzbandBeitrag in Sammelwerk


The traditional scientific approach to design extols the virtues of completeness. However, in environments characterized by continual change, there are challenges in adopting such an approach. We examine Linux and Wikipedia as two exemplary cases to explore the nature of design in such a protean world. Our observations highlight a pragmatic approach to design in which incompleteness is harnessed in a generative manner. This suggests a change in the meaning of the word ‘design’ itself — from one that separates the process of design from its outcome, to one that considers design as both the medium and outcome of action.
Titel des SammelwerksDesign Requirements Engineering: A Ten-Year Perspective
Herausgeber*innen K. J. Lyytinen, P. Loucopoulos, J. Mylopoulos, & B. Robinson
Seiten137 - 156
ISBN (Print)978-3-540-92965-9
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 1 Apr. 2009

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