Journal of Information Technology Theory and Application (JITTA)


The first part presented a philosophical staircase that can guide IS practitioners in identifying the various validity claims raised by any project of information systems definition, design, and development (ISD). It was concluded that the discursive principle is constitutive of every step in this staircase but requires pragmatization. The present second part of the paper begins with a short review of the way in which the discursive principle has been considered in the ISD literature thus far. It then introduces the second main pillar of the suggested approach to reflective practice in ISD, critically systemic discourse. The methodological core concept of critically systemic discourse is boundary critique, a concept based in the author’s work on critical systems heuristics and critical systems thinking. Based on this core concept and a practical application, a three-stage model for reflective practice in ISD is suggested.