Design forms one critical paradigmatic view that pervades organizational studies, management, and information systems research. Building on the discussions in the first Working Conference on Designing Information and Organizations with a Positive Lens, we chart the potential contribution of positive design to the shaping of organizations, work processes, artifacts, communication networks, and information technologies. The figure of speech "Design with a Positive Lens," or in short "Positive Design," connotes here a distinctive perspective on design that is less focused on the detection of errors associated with gaining control and more concerned with human-centered design associated with the shaping of hopeful organizations and a thriving future. The paper examines how positive design can contribute to the design of information systems and organizations as related to five broad-scale areas: design of high performance work processes; positive design methods and techniques; cooperation and collaboration across boundaries to promote positive change; positive organizational design; and design science and practice. In this paper we aspire to promote the emerging cross-disciplinary discourse between scholars and designers that will foster positive organizational and technological design.
Avital, Michel; Lyytinen, Kalle J.; Boland Jr, Richard; Butler, Brian S.; Dougherty, Deborah; Fineout, Matt; Jansen, Wendy; Levina, Natalia; Rifkin, Will; and Venable, John
"Design With a Positive Lens: An Affirmative Approach to Designing Information and Organizations,"
Communications of the Association for Information Systems:
Vol. 18, Article 25.
Available at: http://aisel.aisnet.org/cais/vol18/iss1/25