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Abstract

Aims and methods for the practice of system development were formulated in relation to early computer technology use in the sixties. These aims and methods provided a foundation for research and a framework for discussion which still set the agenda for theoretical work. Changes in computer technology use in the eighties raise issues that tend to fall outside the established research tradition. New user groups, the industrialization of software development, a tremendous diversification of computer technology use, and profound changes in society, everyday life, and world view broaden the need for research on how to put computer technology to good human use. In this paper we want to contribute to a discussion of how this challenge can be met, in general, and by the system development community, in particular.

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